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All-inclusive program package to include:

  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings
Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath. 1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.

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, MA. 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.

In Lian's words, "Painting should be a happy experience, not a pressured activity. No artist can paint a masterpiece every time he paints."

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 will support 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.

Presented by

  • Lian ZhenAbout Lian Zhen MA|Expert watercolorist and painting teacher
    Lian Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher. His work has been featured in magazines and books, and his paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum, which has collected 14 of his paintings. His books include Chinese Landscape Painting Techniques for 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 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/Schedule

None required.
Experience Level
None required.
Special Interest To
Special Details
Wear comfortable clothing.

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

  • Round: numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, and 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 (Winsor & Newton) or Prussian Blue (M. Graham & Co.)
  • 1 Yellow: Hansa Yellow Light (M. Graham & Co.) or Arylide Yellow (Da Vinci Paint Co.)
  • 1 Red: Pyrrol Red (M. Graham & Co.) or 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 paper
  • ​​​​​​​One large-size palette
Masking Fluid
  • A new bottle of light-colored art masking fluid (Pēbēo is recommended, less than a year and a half old)
  • 1 plywood board or gator board about 16" x 23" 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 paper, about 15" x 12"
  • A pair of scissors
  • 1 teaspoon of table salt
  • 1 2B or No. 2 pencil
  • Erasers
  • ​​​​​​​1 roll of white paper towels
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