Pre-K artists practiced using bamboo paintbrushes to paint in the style of the Chinese Masters. We practiced basic brush skills on these "very special brushes" that I hope will carry over into all of their painting. We talked about moving all of the bristles of the brush in one direction at a time and lifting up the brush to change direction. We practiced changing pressure on the brush to make thin and thick lines. Pre-K artists painted on long pieces of paper that we displayed to look like Chinese Scrolls. We talked about common themes of bamboo or flowering trees seen in many Chinese and Japanese paintings. We also looked at the book "Zen Shorts" by Jon Muth, a beautiful fantasy about a Panda and his friend that shows some examples of brush painting.