Students who know little about traditional water-ink paintings, other than Chinese calligraphy or landscapes in black ink, are in for a treat. Modern water-ink artworks will be on display at selected schools, beginning this week. Sun Hung Kai Properties has organised a five-week tour of 12 internationally acclaimed modern water-ink paintings by Hong Kong artists from the 1960s to the present. Six masterpieces will be on display at two schools for a week at a time. The schools include St Catherine College, Ying Wah Girl's School, Queen's College, St Paul's Co-educational College and Rosary Hill School. The collection has been put together by the Ink Society and Grotto Fine Art gallery. The works blend modern and western styles to create Hong Kong's unique traditional Chinese water-ink paintings. The exhibition showcases nine renowned artists including Wucius Wong, the father of modern Hong Kong painting, Ha Bik-chuen, Irene Chou and Wilson Shieh Ka-ho. 'Hong Kong's development of water-ink art started in the 1950s, at least 30 years before mainland China,' Wong said. 'Hong Kong is the base for developing modern water-ink arts. It has its own unique image.' Five speakers, including Wong and Grotto owner Henry Au-yeung, will host lectures during the tour. Students will also get to create water-ink paintings in workshops. 'Exhibitions at a gallery are just a small channel to reach the audience,' said Mr Au-yeung. 'This tour is a good way of educating students and the younger generation, especially those keen on art.' The tour will end at Christmas and will be followed by an exhibition in January showcasing the students' water-ink paintings at several shopping malls.