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Passion Project – Reflection

Passion Project is a course giving me the chance of further deepening my understanding of Chinese painting. Over the course of the semester, I created meaningful and valuable work which could symbolize my research and passion I have put in to the course. For this project, I have created multiple forms of Chinese painting, not only the ones (four pieces) on Xuan paper, but also five drawings on plates that are small but exquisite. My inspiration of the project was because of my love to Chinese painting. However, just drawing pieces will not allow my understanding of Chinese painting get to a higher level. Therefore, I decided to do research of Chinese painting in Song dynasty which is the period where Chinese painting of Huaniao genre was the most advanced. In the research stage, I did well in terms of information I went over/collected. I have red over 15 pieces of college papers referring to Song dynasty Chinese painting in different aspects. And for further development of the research stage, I took a trip to the Tsinghua Art Museum to find the artworks that were kept protected and are valued. Those were the basic parts in which had formed my whole essay. My essay was another part of my project. Even though it might be boring if it is considered as “passion” project, but it is one of the most efficient way of communicating my ideas to the intended audience and spread Chinese painting and Chinese culture to more people.

  • Challenging moments

There were parts that were challenging for me during the whole process. First of all, the overall problem – time management. Many of my blog posts were lately posted and some of my work did not follow the plan that I created. It is the most challenging issue. In terms of moments, I felt challenging was when I was planning on the topic of the essay and when I started writing the essay. Because of the massive amount of data I collected and read about, when I was planning my topic and every chapters, I felt extremely lost of what my main thesis was to focus on. However, by overcoming this problem, it also sparked my learning  of problem solving skill. After overcoming the stating of chapters, the starting of the writing was also a challenge. Similar condition to when I was planning, the overflowing of information made me lost even though the topics were already decided. Also, the unfamiliarity to the techniques used in writing made me confused and lost of how I am supposed to craft the essay.

  • Learning moments and learnt information

To me, learning is the state of overcoming problems. During the process, I’ve overcame issues and conditions I’ve never faced. For example, even though its my first time I’ve ever crafted an essay focusing on Chinese painting and with such a deep research level, I still managed to plan out a whole process and write out my thesis, and topics I am going to focus on. Later on my school experience, this learning moment would enable me to actively and effectively solve problems never encountered. This also developed my essay crafting skill. Additionally from this project, of course, during this period, my understanding of Chinese painting in the Song dynasty has deepened a lot. Also, by connecting it to the modern days Chinese painting, I was able to blend them together for the improvement of my own skill.

  • Real world situation and problem

Chinese painting might not be a familiar idea to people, but it is a very large part of me. More importantly, a part of Chinese culture. People now a days often question the need of culture and its use. True, not all cultures are available for improving the society or making the society run better. But it is the representation of a whole country/area, or sometimes even a whole race. It represents the honorable spirit and essence. It deeply affects the way people interact in the modern days. People need to know and honor the existence of preserved culture. And Chinese painting is a main part of Chinese culture. I am not necessarily trying to tell other people to like the culture. But at-least it is necessary for me to promote the cultures and the artwork I honor that deeply affected me.


Passion Project – Final Product




Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #7

During this week, I finished the last part of my writing. (Other half) Which includes four short chapter in comparison to the first two. However, the four chapters include the different styles of art and the impact of Chinese painting to modern society and the modern Chinese painting and a final conclusion.

Apart from the research based writing, I included other parts of contents as well. Because during this time period of my project, I also did create my own paintings. So I wrote a section referring to the things I learnt and the things I reflected on. It is an useful reflection in terms of the project and my own drawings.

Finished project…

Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #6

During this week, I reread over the important articles that includes the information needed for my writing. Meanwhile, when rereading it, I started writing in my own words.(Written in Chinese) I finished the abstract and the first chapter as a content. (second chapter) The first abstract includes an overview of the whole article. The second chapters focuses on 5 different kinds of Chinese painting in Song dynasty and how they developed.

This is all the writing and work I did during the week.

Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #5

During this week, I created 4 pieces of work: two pieces of Huaniao, two pieces of calligraphy.

Two pieces of Huaniao includes one piece of Meihua (plum blossom) and one piece of grape. They are two pieces under Huaniao. In Song, there is a style of drawing where every kind of plant represents one kind of personality or trait that someone has. For example, one piece that I did was Meihua (plum blossom), and it represented indomitable. In ancient China, it is one of the most common type of flower used in the creation of a piece of artwork.

I also did two pieces of calligraphy. Because in Song, one type of drawing is called mogu. Directly translating it, it means the bones being covered up. People always refer it to the work of calligraphy because of its stylish type and perfect combination of lines and paint which made it extremely refined compared to its past dynasties.


Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #4

During this week, I finished reading one related article about Chinese painting, and the development of Chinese painting in the aspect of Flowers & Birds. This article is mainly focused on the overall development and a brief introduction of Chinese painting history. However, the history of Chinese painting developed over thousands of years. Therefore, it is unrealistic to write through thousands of years in one piece. I will focus on the HuaNiao genre in Song dynasty and its development + impact in the Chinese painting history.




Major changes:

  • instead of making a whole long writing piece from the articles and my research, I would like to change the writing to a shorter piece about a few pages. (written in Chinese)
  • Added parts:  Create few pieces of Chinese painting in terms of the genre HuaNiao.
  • Create a few calligraphy pieces for additional parts.
  • Created piece would be related to my research and writing.
  • Add parts in my writing that refers to my pieces. (How they relate to the Chinese painting in Song)


Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #3

From the Create and Improve week two, I had narrowed down my research topic to only one of the three major genres of Chinese Painting – 花鸟. In the genre of flowers and plants, I found some academic research papers relating to my main research topic.

My research topic: 中国水墨花鸟画的审美内涵与传承流变

(The Aesthetic Standards and the Change in Traditions of Chinese Painting)

under this category, I will further specify the theme of the paper to one narrowed down small topic or even a specified artist.

First part:


The forming of meaning and styles of Chinese painting and water color

Second part:


The forming and change of the Chinese painting during different time periods

Third part:


The effects of traditional Chinese painting to the modern arts nowadays.

Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #2

During the first Create and Improve week, I’ve realized some issues. First of all, the most important  – issue – the research topic is way too broad. There are hundreds and thousands of famous painting. Therefore, it is impossible to include everything over thousands of years about Chinese painting in one book. Therefore, I had to narrow down the research topic more specifically. Therefore, I chose one out of the three genres – 花鸟, directly translated would be flowers and birds. But mainly about plants and flowers. Some includes animals as well.

examples of – Huaniao (birds and flowers)

The final product of my project would be a written paper digitally including information supporting and answering the theme question. And I’ll analyze major themes and concepts by analyzing the best paintings.


Passion Project Blog – Create and Improve #1

During the first create and improve week, I researched about the basic informations in the topic of Chinese painting. Broadly looking over all aspects including techniques, history, artists and artworks. The sources used aren’t the most reliable sources, therefore, I wouldn’t use it in the writing. (Just for basic understandings) And I’ve read through all of the information.


This is a screen recording of a document where I kept some basic research information.

Some basic research done. (Not used for writing)

The information range from Chinese painting’s history, to its different types, and to all the overview of the three types. There are some links embedded to several examples of artists and artworks. It also explains brief overviews of techniques and etc.

The research reflected on a problem, which is that the research topic’s range is to broad. All the different time periods and all the different styles could all be called Chinese painting. Therefore, for the second Create and Improve week, I will have to narrow down my research topics to a smaller and more precise one such as a specific style of painting or a genre/category of subject matter. It would also have a lot of information and research required in order to fully understand about it.

Passion Project – Goal

Changes made:

  • Instead of doing water color, I chose to change the topic for my project in to Chinese painting.
  • The form I will present my project in would no longer be a piece of art work. I decided to organize and write a book introducing Chinese painting.
  • However, because of the large amount of work required, this project may not be finished completely. But the goal is to have a first draft of the book/overview of the information of the book. (2 months is not enough for an entire book to be written.)
  • I changed to Chinese painting because I know more knowledge in this area in comparison to water color that I am completely new with. Also, I’ve leant Chinese painting for almost 8 years, but I have never had a chance of organizing everything I learnt and write out a book about it.

Examples of Chinese painting I did:



  • In the period of 2 months, my goal is to create a first draft of the book.
  • First draft of the book must include:
  1. Key elements a book includes: author, intro, images, writings (content), remarks.
  2. Different chapters about different topics.
  3. Interviews.
  4. Information presented in professional exhibitions.
  5. Citations for research.
  6. Format it in a logical + visually amusing way.
  • Design of the book. (formatting)
  • Research about needed informations. (internet, interviews, art exhibitions, etc.)
  • Hand draw instructions or diagrams needed to include.
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