East Meets West

Chinese Watercolor Painting


Lian Quan Zhen

June 4-9, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$435 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Have you always wanted to paint?  Do you paint already but want to expand your repertoire and learn from a master?

This workshop is a rare opportunity to study and play with acclaimed artist and teacher Lian Zhen. Lian has developed an international following as a watercolor painter, with works housed in numerous private and institutional collections, and is the author of three top-selling books on watercolor. He believes that creating art should be enjoyable.

“Painting should be a happy experience, not a pressured activity. No artist can paint a masterpiece every time he paints.” —Lian Zhen

In your time with Lian, you will immerse yourself in a hands-on, fun, and supportive experience that includes:

  • Theories and practice of Asian art
  • How to use Chinese brushes, ink, and colors
  • Basic techniques such as composition and coloring
  • Unique methods developed by Lian, including color pouring, blending, and paint around.

Throughout the workshop Lian supports your learning process by leading demos, guiding critiques, and offering touch-ups to your paintings. You will create several paintings you can take home and leave with the confidence to continue expressing yourself through watercolor.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Discover a new dimension for expressing yourself creatively, even if you haven’t had the confidence to do so before.

  • Add skill, confidence, and depth to your painting skills by working with an acknowledged master in a personal, intimate setting.

  • Do something you’ve never done before with results you can share with your friends and loved ones.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Things to Bring

    Lian Zhen asks that you bring the following supplies with you (additional supplies will be provided):


    Round: numbers 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8

    Flat: ¼ inch, ½ inch and 1 inch

    Colors (tubes)

    Three tubes of the primary colors from any of the following (medium sizes):

    1 Blue – Antwerp Blue (Windsor and Newton), Prussian Blue (M.Graham &Co.)

    1 Yellow – Hansa Yellow Light (M.Graham &Co.), Arylide Yellow (DVP)

    1 Red – Pyrrol Red (M.Graham &Co.), Quinacridone Rose (M.Graham &Co.)

    Other similar primary colors will work.


    Two full sheets or three half sheets of Arches 140 lb Cold Press watercolor papers.


    One large size palette.

    Masking Fluid

    A new bottle of light colored art-masking fluid (Pebeo is recommended, less then 1 1/2 year old).


    1 plywood board or gatorboard about 16″x23″ for taping down the watercolor paper (half sheet)

    3 small dishes for making color liquids

    1 roll of masking tape or clear packing tape

    2 sheets of graphite papers (transfer paper, erasable)

    Hair dryer

    A medium size water sprayer

    An apron

    3 sheets of tracing papers size about 15″x12″

    A pair of scissors

    1 teaspoon of table salt

    1 B2 or #2 pencil


    1 roll of white paper towels

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable clothing


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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