East Meets West
Chinese Watercolor Painting
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.
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
Download a sample schedule.
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
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.
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)
A medium size water sprayer
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
Accommodations, meals, and campus activities rates, per person, for all program nights:
Standard single: from $875
Standard double: from $800
Traditional: from $950
Suite: from $1,650
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