Brush Painting by Bryant
Music: Variation on the theme
Korean Brush Painting
A one day lesson plan for 7th
grade by Sue Lindemulder
One of the characteristics of Chinese and Korean brush
painting, as well as Japanese brush painting, is to be able
to reproduce the same image in the same way each time and
have the end result look the same. In this case the students
in class will try to produce the same image as the
Korea is the peninsular
country bordered on the northwest by China. The
Korean culture has been greatly influenced and
molded by China. They in fact refer to themselves
as "Younger Brother to Older Brother China".
Although their language is far more similar to
Japanese there are more ties to
Have students look at pictures of live chrysanthemums as
well as art work in which it might be seen (check the
Internet) and then look at Asian brush painting. As in other
Asian paintings there is an economy of line. The end result
is simple and elegant.
- 12" X 18" paper
- Brushes (#10 watercolor)
- Black tempera paint
- Large jar covers or small Styrofoam plates to be used
as paint palettes
- Water container/water
- All students need to be given all painting supplies.
Cover the table with newspaper first. Students should
identify the back of their paper first using pencil. Use
the paper in a vertical manner. Every two students can
share paint and water.
- Demonstrate how the flower is made:
- Wet the brush and pull it to a point and load it
- Start with a circle or oval and then surround it
with a series of circles or ovals. At this point full
strength paint should be used.
- Slightly dilute the paint and draw a series of ovals
around the outside of the first group.
NOTE: DO NOT dilute all of the
paint. Pull about half to the side to be diluted.
- Dilute the paint a little more and repeat another row
of ovals around the outside perimeter.
- Again dilute the paint and draw one more row of
ovals. Each set of ovals might be slightly larger than
the row before. All ovals should point out from the
NOTE: Each set of ovals should be a
lighter value than the preceding as it moves away from
- Clean the brush and again pull it to a point. Use the
full strength paint to draw in the stem.
- Scatter several dots down the length of the stem.
Place 3 to 5 more can be added later. From these points
lightly draw in the veins of the leaves.
- Slightly dilute some of the remaining paint. Fill the
brush. Use the side of the brush and wiggle it to form
the shape of the leave.
- Use full strength paint and practice writing the
Korean word for flower on the newspaper. When satisfied
with the results write it next to the image on the
- Sign the work in the lower right hand corner. Do not
sign at the bottom of the paper. There should be an
undefined border of white around the entire picture.
Asian students can be encouraged to sign their name using
Asian characters as well as their name in English.
California Visual Art Standards, 7th grade 3.1 and