Monthly Archives: February 2018

5 Weeks Daytime Brush Painting starts 16 Jan 2020

Meticulous ‘Gong bi’ style painting, an ancient art from 2000 years ago. It requires fine brushes to work with realistic contour techniques and vivid color to depict the most descriptive details. Our artist in residence Mr Chi Zhang will lead you into this style, it will be a calm, relax and meditative process, a great way to cultivate patience, which benefit our well-being and lead to longevity.

This course will start with introducing the history of Chinese meticulous painting then the common techniques related to the outline and colours. Participants will have the option to select from a range of subjects demonstrated by the tutor, such as fish and flowers etc.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese painting artwork per class. Demonstration and plenty of personal attention will be provided during the class. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.

The cost is £125 for 10 hours or £100 for university students’ concessions. All materials are provided.

To secure your place on this enjoyable course please use the University’s ePay system or you can download this PDF Form which you will then need to complete and return to our office with  a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh for the appropriate amount.  (Please note we are no longer accepting cash payment in our office)

This course will be led by Chi Zhang, experienced art tutor, shortlisted of ‘Sky Art Landscape Artist of the year 2015’. For more information and see Chi’s work please visit

If you have any questions please contact us on 0131 662 2180 or email


Course: Five week Chinese Brush Painting – Meticulous style (Daytime)
Date + Time: Thursday Mornings: 16 January – 13 February, 10:00-12:30pm
Cost: £125 (£100) including all materials
Location: Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus, Abden House

One to one tutorials and small group workshops can also be arranged. Please email or call us on0131 662 2180 to discuss further.


Ten Week Evening Chinese Calligraphy Class – from Tuesday 15 January 2019

Discover the ancient art of calligraphy using the traditional Chinese brush and ink combination that has been in use for thousands of years.

The ten week course runs from Tuesday evening 15 January to 2 April, with no classes on 19 and 26 February and will be led by Chi Zhang, the Institute’s experienced calligraphy teacher. Students will be introduced to the materials of ink, brush, stone and paper, and initially common techniques will be introduced.

This ten week course will start by introducing common techniques related to the Chinese soft brushes and ink. The course will focus on Regular Style (Kai Shu) and Running Style (Semi-cursive). Regular Style (Kai Shu) is most common in modern writings and publications.  Running style also called semi-cursive script; this is a more flowing style in which strokes are allowed to run into each other.

Students can anticipate completing at least one piece of Chinese calligraphy artwork per class. The contents of this work could be a selected Chinese poems or perhaps an ancient master’s quotation. Demonstration and plenty of personal attention will be provided during the class.

With a maximum of 12 students in the class plenty of personal attention is guaranteed as well as clear demonstrations and instructions to help students develop their skills.  Both beginners and advanced students are welcome in the class.

The cost is £200 for the 20 hour course which runs Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm from 15 January 2019. There is a concession rate of £160, which is offered only to full time students.  The fee includes all materials. A minimum of five students are required to ensure the class goes ahead.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay/ system.  Alternatively download this Winter 2019 Ten Weeks Calligraphy Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.


Course: Ten week Chinese Calligraphy – Regular Style & Running Style  (Evening)
Date + Time: Tuesdays Evenings – 15 January – 2 April (Please note there is no classes running on 19 & 26 February), 6pm-8pm
Cost: £200 (£160) including all materials
Location: Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus, Abden House

You may also be interested in our Brush Painting Class – click here for details.

Chinese for Travellers 5 weeks daytime course from 24 April

This term, as well as our usual evening class programme we will offer a short daytime class running on Tuesday mornings for 2.5 hrs for five weeks. This is an introductory course for learners who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is designed for those who are planning to visit China for tourism purposes – or for those who want a short focused introduction to Chinese language learning.

With a total teaching time of 12.5 hours over 5 weeks, this course takes learners through basic expressions needed in typical conversational situations. Pronunciation and conversation will be the focus of this course.  After taking this course, learners will be equipped with  basic vocabulary and expressions to deal with some typical situations when travelling in China, and will have become more familiar with cultural features of these situations.

During the class you will learn how to:

  • pronounce Chinese names
  • understand cultural aspects and key vocabulary on greetings
  • express gratitude or objections
  • order food
  • take transportation in China
  • check in/out at a hotel

Running for five consecutive Tuesday mornings 1000-1230 from 24 April-29 May the cost is £85 for the 12.5 hour course. There is a concession rate of £70 available to full time students. The fee includes all materials.

Classes will take place at the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP.  Those arriving by car, should park within the grounds of Abden House itself.




Classes cancelled by snow:
Rescheduled to 4 & 5 April

Following the closure of the Institute last week due to the weather, additional classes will be run.

For those students whose classes on Wed 28 Feb were cancelled on Wed 28 Feb, an extra class will be run on Wed 4 April.

For those students whose classes on Thurs 1 March were cancelled, extra classes will be run on Thurs 5 April


We hope that students will be able to attend in order to complete the planned programme of study.

Thank you for your understanding.

Chinese New Year Party 23 Feb 2018 – book now!

Join us in Abden House when the Confucius Institute for Scotland hosts a party to mark the arrival of the Year of the Dog from 6pm-9pm on Friday 23rd February 2018.

As well as the chance to meet up with friends old and new over some delicious jiaoazi and a glass or two there will be a range of cultural activities to take part in including Mah-jong, Calligraphy, Karaoke, Chinese chess – and making a “wishing dragon” together!

Please register now to ensure you can get a ticket and to allow us the chance to try to provide enough Chinese dumplings!