The Korean Cultural Centre UK is proud to announce a new cultural course for spring/summer 2021. Artist-researcher Dr Young Maeng will introduce traditional Korean ink painting and demonstrate a variety of painting techniques for beginners.

Korean ink painting has a rich tradition, which flourished throughout the golden age of Korean art during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), and incorporates traditional Neo-Confucian ideology. This beautiful style of painting is still widely practiced in the contemporary art world. It is possible to learn both basic and advanced brush techniques based on the ‘Four Gentlemen’ (Orchid, Chrysanthemum, Bamboo, and Plum Blossom) which represent each season, symbolising virtue and inner beauty. For this course, we are going to learn beginner techniques through orchid painting.

Workshop Information

  • Dates: Wednesday, 28 April / Friday, 30 April
  • Time: 7pm-8pm
  • Venue: Online Webinar
  • Spaces: 100
  • Level: Beginner
  • Tuition Fee: Free - Booking Essential
  • How to Apply: E-mail to or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details.

Workshop Details

In the two sessions of the Korean Ink Painting workshops, Dr Young will briefly introduce the history of Korean ink painting as well as traditional ink painting techniques. Young will explain how to use Korean ink painting materials, such as Korean paper, brush, ink stone, and ink stick, which make the ink painting surprisingly enjoyable with simple but beautifully fluid ink brush strokes. Throughout the two sessions of online workshops, she will demonstrate basic ink painting techniques from easy brush strokes to orchid to chrysanthemum to bamboo to plum blossom tree.

Dr Young Maeng

Dr Young Maeng is a Korean artist-researcher, who earned an art practice-based PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University, having previously studied Korean painting at Kyung Hee University for her BFA and MFA. Young has had international exhibitions in Korea, the UK and USA, which include Gallery Dos, Sejong Museum, and Seoul Art Centre, Peter Scott Gallery and King Street Gallery in the UK, and Diego Rivera Gallery in the USA. Her journal articles about the relationship between French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s aesthetics and Korean Painting have been published in the Journal of Visual Art Practice and the Journal of Research in Art Education. She teaches at Gongju National University of Education in Korea and was a former Fine Art painting tutor at Lancaster University. She also delivers Korean painting workshops at galleries and museums on and offline in the UK.

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