East Meets West

Chinese Watercolor Painting

Lian Quan Zhen

June 4-9, 2017

Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

See below for
accommodation rates.


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.

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

Program Faculty

Lian_Zhen-2016hs-web-300x400Lian Quan Zhen

Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. He started sketching…



Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:

Pod: $700
Standard single: from $875
Standard double: from $800
Traditional: from $950
Suite: from $1,650

Taxes apply.

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