Ink art has been a long-standing tradition being passed on for centuries in China. To cater for the continuation of the Chinese ink tradition to our younger generation, The Ink Society has organised a tailor-made ink art education programme "The Ink Tradition: Fragrant Harbour in the Eyes of Young Painters" as follows:-
Stage 1: Train the Trainer Programme
Early this year, The Ink Society invited thirteen renowned Chinese ink masters, namely CHU Hing Wah, HO Pak-lee, HUNG Hoi, HUNG Keung, LIN Tian-xing, Daniel LAU Chak Kwong, LEUNG Kui-ting, MA Kwai Shun, Harold MOK, OU Dawei, Laurence TAM, WONG Chung-yu and Wucius WONG, to provide ink art seminars, demonstrations and trainings to participating visual art teachers and potential art tutors in Hong Kong. Between January to March 2012 with nineteen sessions in total, teachers were introduced to a number of topics including the values and background of the ink tradition, fresh takes on modern contemporary ink art and training on various brush and ink techniques.
Stage 2: "Fragrant Harbour in the Eyes of Young Painters"
Group Painting Competition
Upon completion of Stage 1, the ink masters selected 18 teachers to enter Stage 2 of the programme. From March to June 2012, the selected trainers were required to pass on the values and techniques of Chinese ink art to their students, and helped guide them through the creation of a big-dimension ink art in collaborated effort. Students in each group were motivated to capture the dynamic Hong Kong harbourfront through their own perspectives, and translate their visions into Chinese traditional ink art. In the end, the adjudicating panel selected 3 teams as the winner, first and second runner-up, and along with 6 other merited teams, their works are now on display for sharing with the public in the "Fragrant Harbour in the Eyes of Young Painters" Exhibition through 5-14 August 2012.