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East Meets West

Chinese Watercolor Painting

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

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.

Lian Quan Zhen

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

$435 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Registration Closed

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

Lian 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 and painting in his childhood and continued as hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996.

Lian Quan Zhen has many shows in the United States, Hong Kong, and China and has an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections, including the MIT Museum, which has collected 14 of his paintings. He is also one of the most popular authors for North Light Books.

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):

    http://www.lianspainting.com/Ch%20P%20M.htm

    Brushes

    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.

    Paper

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

    Palette

    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).

    Other

    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

    Erasers

    1 roll of white paper towels

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable clothing

Accommodations

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

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

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

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program 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.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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