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East Meets West

Chinese Watercolor Painting

June 4 - 9, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$435 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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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.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Lian Quan Zhen

    Teacher of watercolor and chinese-painting

    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.

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  • 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/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    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

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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