Certificate in Chinese Ink Painting (Basic)

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This is an introductory course for traditional Chinese ink painting. Learners will be introduced to the materials and techniques used in creating various brush strokes and ink nuances in Chinese ink painting. With the focus on the Four Gentlemen Plants, learners will be exposed to the philosophy and aesthetics of traditional Chinese ink painting and culture.

Terms and Conditions

Learners will be presented a Certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Class Schedule*

July 2020 Intake

Day of the Week Time Duration
Every Monday & Wednesday (Conducted in English) 10.00am to 1.00pm
Every Saturday & Sunday (Conducted in Mandarin) 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Every Tuesday & Thuesday (Conducted in Mandarin) 7.00pm to 10.00pm

September 2020 Intake

Day of the Week Time Duration
Every Monday & Wednesday (Conducted in English) 2.00pm to 5.00pm


  • Classes are held twice a week.
  • The above schedules are subjected to final confirmation.

Module 1 - Gentlemen Plants (Bamboo and Chrysanthemum) (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module is an introduction to the techniques of Chinese ink painting as well as the materials used. Different types of brush strokes, the way to hold the brushes, and methods in loading ink and water will be discussed as learners explore the subject matter of bamboo and chrysanthemum. The structures and forms of these two plants will be taught through demonstrations and reviews. Learners will understand the symbolism of these two plants at the end of the module.

Module 2 - Gentlemen Plants (Plum Blossom and Orchid) (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module reinforces brush strokes and ink techniques to create a vivid Chinese ink painting. The structures and forms of the Plum Blossom and Orchid will be discussed through demonstrations and reviews. Through the exploration of these subjects, learners will sharpen their compositional skills, thus deepening their understanding of the aesthetics and philosophy in Chinese ink painting. The symbolism behind these two plants will also be discussed.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Course Fees

  Fees Fees (After NSA subsidies)
Certificate in Chinese Ink Painting (Basic) S$820 S$436.82

Other Fees

Registration Fee S$48.10

All fees stated above include GST and exclude material costs.


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National Silver Academy
Applicable to Singaporean seniors aged 50 and above who will receive a subsidy of 50% off the course fee (capped at $500 per course). Please note that the subsidy will only apply to the course fee and will not cover GST.

Union Training Assistance Programme
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Terms and conditions apply.

Address (for payment via cheque)

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the 'Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' and send to:
80 Bencoolen Street (S) 189655. The student's name, NRIC/Passport number and contact number must be written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Refund of Fees

Withdrawal within 14 days before the course commencement date Course fee^ will be refunded after deduction of S$107.00 as administrative charges.
Withdrawal on or after course commencement date
No refund will be given.
^Registration fees and miscellaneous fees are non-refundable.

Cancellation/ Postponement

  • NAFA reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without prior notice.
    In the event that the class is unable to proceed due to unforeseen circumstances, NAFA will process a full refund of the course fees.

Withdrawal/ Deferment/ Transfer

  • Withdrawal or deferment requests should be made in writing with supporting relevant documents (if any) to Centre for Lifelong Education. Request for deferment is subject to approval.
  • No deferment is allowed once the course has commenced.
  • No transfer of course upon registration.

Replacement of Classes

  • There is strictly no replacement lesson should the participant absent himself/herself from the course.

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.

July 2020 Intake
Online Registration: 4 May - 12 June 2020 (Extended!) | Please email: [email protected] for registration link
Study Period: 13 July - 20 September 2020 (Revised)

September 2020 Intake
Online Registration:13 July - 7 August 2020 | Registration link will be available on 13 July 2020
Study Period: 21 September - 29 November 2020 (Revised)

Apply with 1 passport size photo and original NRIC/Passport.
Due to limited places, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For enquiries, please email or call CLE at: [email protected] | 6512 2243/4214/4216/5783

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice..


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Tel: 6512 1388

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