Once practiced only by the most esteemed scholars of our society, ink painting is one of the highest forms of Chinese cultural preservation. We recommend you don’t treat this medium lightly – it takes painters decades, sometimes lifetimes, to master the qi and flow of ink on paper – but if you want a head-start, hit up Danny Liu’s studio in Mong Kok (facebook.com/dannyliuwinghung). You’ll have to prove your passion, though, as his waiting list reflects the calibre of his teaching – however, all the classical basics and then some are covered here. For modern ink painting, try the courses at Chinese University (cuhk.edu.hk), where Wucius Wong, Liu Kuo-Song and other masters have taught in the past.
Serious about it? The way to really learn is as old-school as the art-form itself – seek out your favourite ‘shi fu’ and approach him or her for an apprenticeship.