Testimonials and Resources

“Journey in Ink” and “I can paint in Chinese ink!” courses are to inspire you to take up the gentle healing art of using Chinese ink brush strokes and composition to practise mindfulness.  Chinese calligraphy is the art of brush written Chinese character using expressive lines and dots by a brush. It is also known as “ink dancing”. 

“Pin Lay taught the Visually Impaired (VI) staff from Dialogue in the Dark Singapore, for Chinese Ink Painting lessons in 2015. She was a dedicated teacher, she was able to adjust her teaching to suit the students and slow down her pace to ensure our VI staff could understand the art.  She was very innovative, using different materials such as clay to help our VI staff to ‘visualise’ the art form. All in all, Pin Lay is indeed a social artist with the heart to help the marginalised community, and she is an inspiring teacher for many.” – LAI SY (Miss), Planning & Ops Executive  |  Dialogue in the Dark Singapore, Social Lab Ltd

“Pin Lay’s teaching is transformational and inspiring. She challenged herself to teach different backgrounds such as the Visually Impaired and some of the interns, including me, which contributed to an inclusive learning environment as all students felt equally valued. Her incredible patience and encouragement made a difference for us to be more motivated to work harder and trust ourselves as unique artists with our own individuality and expression.” – Toh CH, Dialogue in the Dark Intern 2015 and current student with Gallery@OURF

“Teacher Pin Lay has a generous heart for her students.  Begin with a big and yet achievable end goal in mind, she prepares her teaching materials in great details and depth, so that her students have the right knowledge and skills t o achieve the clear and fulfilling outcome.  During the lessons, not only she makes sure we get the foundational skills right, she also shares with us the history behind the strokes, the paintings, and the artists, she hopes her students can humbly learn from these famous artists, and yet project our own mood and style onto the paintings.’ – J Ng, Associate lecturer(RP)

“Pin Lay Laoshi has many good attribute that we as students can learn from that what she teaches is more than just learning painting. Through lessons that we have learnt from her, I can tell that she is someone who is really passionate and enthusiastic for our lessons. Whenever I have any issues or questions, she will always patiently explained and figure out new methods of teaching for us to draw better. She makes an effort for our class to be more inclusive for the blind to work together with the sighted classmates. With no doubts, I will definitely recommend anyone who wish to learn painting to learn from her.” – Evangeline Yeo, Visually impaired student from Dialogue in the Dark

“A very interesting and interactive session. You gave us lots of practical examples from your own experiences. The hands-on sessions were very fun, enjoyable and meaningful. This keeps us awake all the time.” – Jing Shan Primary School Teacher

“Lessons conducted by Ms Chi, is about art and more. I have a better understanding of my personality through her chinese ink art exercises. Her lessons are easy to comprehend and she would critic my pieces at the end of the day. Highlighting the good points exhibited and suggesting areas of improvement for the next piece.” – Nicholas Hong, Engineer

““Pin Lay conducted a team building workshop for my company. We found the workshop fun and interactive. The materials on understanding different personality types and how to work with different personalities were also useful and easily applicable. Many of the participants enjoyed the workshop and continued to talk about it at work. They also shared their experiences with other colleagues who did not attend the workshop. Great job Pin Lay!” – A Cai, Assistant Manager, Singapore Institute of Technology

“Pin Lay was introduced to me as an artist who painted for charity and whose work had a keen following.  She kindly agreed to donate a painting for auction at our fundraiser at Eden Hall in September 2014.  I was most pleasantly surprised that she had composed a painting specifically for our cause, one which was especially meaningful and came with an artist statement.  She also donated a smaller piece. She is an artist who not only paints with tremendous love and passion for art but she also paints with great compassion.  Her work blends the Chinese ink and brush medium with contemporary subjects  and her paintings are now recognizable with her signature style.  We are grateful to Pin Lay for helping to make our event so successful.” –S Low, former Member of the Board of Governors, Singapore National Paralympic Council Ltd.

“A passionate educator and budding artist, Pin Lay has been an inspiring supporter since 2009. Pin Lay is also a person of excellence and outdoes herself at every project she has had for World Vision. She is wholeheartedly committed to helping the world’s poorest children through World Vision.” – Foo Pek Hong, formerCEO World Vision International

“Pin Lay’s art comes from deep within her, a space filled compassion for the underprivileged, respect for humanity, and love for her roots and heritage. I’m honoured to be taught by her in school, and I continue to learn from her dedication to using her art to make the world a better place.” – Terence QUEK, CEO, Emergenetics International-Asia and Co-founder, Project Happy Feet

Ms Chi Pin Lay was Dean/Marketing and Technology when I was Principal of Nanyang Girls’High School (2002 – 2006). Ms Chi took charge of a number of key areas such as the school’s ICT hardware provision, technology integration into the curriculum, promotion efforts in terms of admissions into secondary one and public perception.  She had always travelled extensively with me and other colleagues to China, Indonesia and Vietnam for scholar recruitment.  Ms Chi was always game for new challenges.  Her organized study trips to Silicon Valley received very positive feedback from the students.Over the last few years, Ms Chi has continued to travel to different parts of the world for different projects and met many different people.  I am sure that her ability to manage diversity and adversity has been further sharpened. Ms Chi  has good PR skills and was well liked by the students and colleagues in NYGH.  She was an independent, reliable and motivated team player who always brought out the best in others.  One can always be assured that her output is of good quality.  Ms Chi will always be an invaluable asset to any organization.” – Mdm Mak LY, Principal, St Anthony’s Canossian Convent.


Overview of Journey In Ink

1. Lesson notes

Lesson 1 and 2

Lesson 3 and 4

Lesson 5 and 6

Lesson 7 and 8

2. Useful Online resources by artists:

  1. Henry Li – Blue Heron Arts – https://www.blueheronarts.com/ 
  2. Ning Yeh – Oriental Art Supply (http://www.orientalartsupply.com/)
  3. Proko  –  Stan Prokopenko  (http://www.proko.com/ ) for good video clips on drawing techniques.
  4. Calligraphy and the Chinese dictionary by Gu Jian Ping www.zihuzhe.com
  5. Virginia Lloyd-Davies – Joyful Brush http://www.joyfulbrush.com/

3. Sample video clips on Painting Orchids (画兰)

4.  Sample video clips on painting Bamboo

Bamboo leaves and formation

5.  Sample pictures of Dogs paintings

5. Chinese ink supplies:

There are many shops in Bras Basah complex which sells Chinese ink painting materials. You can also purchase online via taobao.

a) Chen Soon Lee, Block 231, Bain Street, #02-31, Bras Basah Complex, 180231 Tel: 6338 7252

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