Sketching Golden Beijing with Dry Twig and Chinese Ink Workshop and Sketchwalk

The workshop will be conducted by Urban Sketchers Instructor – Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, from Penang, Malaysia. This is the first Urban Sketchers workshop held in China, supported by Urban Sketchers with limited scholarships.

At the same time, Urban Sketchers Beijing will provide a one-day tour with the most beautiful sketching destinations.

Sketchers from China and all over the world are welcome to visit Beijing and have a nice weekend sketching experience.


  • One day workshop – Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink conducted by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean
  • One day sketch walk in old town of Beijing
  • Sketch & Drink with Urban Sketchers Beijing
  • Beijing map of Top 10 drawing destinations
  • Art gift from Winsor & Newton


In this workshop KK will teach the participants how to make own sketching tools from dry twigs and dish washing sponge. We will also explore the use of Chinese ink as the main medium and the traditional Chinese ink painting concept of leaving white space.

The workshop encourages the participants to handmade their own simple sketching tools with dry twigs collected from the surrounding. Explore the three basic elements: dots, lines and shades in sketching with the medium of Chinese ink.

The Line: Discovering how to use the twig and brushes as mark makers

The Environment: Seeing the architecture of the city with a different eyes 

The Composition: Understanding the art of leaving negative space in your composition

The Technique: Strategies for applying limited color to your sketches


Day 1
Date: Aug 30, 2019 (Fri)
Time: 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Shi Shahai (or Fangjia Hutong)


  • Sharing by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean (My Hometown, Penang)
  • Sketch & Drink with Beijing sketchers

Day 2
Date: Aug 31, 2019 (Sat)
Time: 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Venue: to be confirmed


  • Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink one day Workshop

Day 3
Date: Sep 1, 2019 (Sun)
Time: 10:00 am – 04:00 pm


  • Morning: Sketchwalk at Bell and Drum Tower*
  • Afternoon: Sketchwalk at Fayuan Temple*
  • Evening: Beijing Roast Duck dinner*

* Dinner and temple entrance ticket fee are not included in the package

Fee & Registration:

Number of participants:
15 maximum (all levels are welcome)

Workshop fee:
USD 120 / person (payable through Paypal)
wechat: florawang0410

One day workshop fee
* You need to book your own accommodation, local food and travel

Cancellation policy:
No refunds for cancellation after July 30, 2019

Supply list:
A list of suggested supplies for the workshop and other practical information will be send to the participants.

Flora Wang / Joyce Wang
Mobile: +86-139 1068 7335


Urban Sketchers / Urban Sketchers Beijing / Winsor & Newton China

「近物」Close Objects

Oriental Art & Cultural Center
cordially invites you to the official opening of

Close Objects
solo exhibition by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean

Date • 2019.05.25 (Sat)
Time • 03:00 pm
Venue • Oriental Art & Cultural Center, Hall 1

Light refreshments will be served

Exhibition • 2019.05.25 – 06.09
Opening hours • 10:00 am – 06:00 pm (closed on Mondays & public holidays)

Oriental Art & Cultural Center
10 & 12, 1st Floor, Yayasan Elken,
Jalan 1/137C, Batu 5, Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia /
+60 3-7785 6363

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「近物」Close Objects




This is my second solo exhibition in Kuala Lumpur after the first one in 2012. I feel very honoured to be invited by Oriental Art and Cultural Center to showcase my recent “non-architecture” sketches bearing the theme Close Objects – which are common objects or small things in my surroundings. I started this series with some botanic / plant sketches four years ago and realised that the beauty of nature is incomparable with any man-made buildings.

I thus themed it “Close Objects” than “still life” as the objects I have depicted are not deliberately designed for painting. They are the little things common to me such as: corns bought from the market, dried bamboo roots collected from the seaside, withered trees by the roadside etc.

Beauty is everywhere near you; you just need to observe with all your heart.

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