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29-35 Video Lessons of Henry Li's Painting Class

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About Henry Li and his Classes

In Person Workshops

5-Day Live Workshop with Henry Li in L.A.  (2015)

1 Day Saturday Workshop at BHA Studio


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Join master Chinese Brush Painting artist, Henry X. Li, for a year round journey of online learning where you will discover, step by step, how to select and wield a Chinese brush, how to load it with ink and watercolors, and how to paint with various rice papers. Suitable for beginners as well as intermediate students, Chinese brush painting is an ongoing class you will not want to miss.

Master Li will discuss the basic foundational strokes and principles of composition in his video classes. To further enrich each of his student's learning experience, individual critiques are given in a class forum setting, with follow-up instructions in a hands on manner.

Students begin with the basic video lessons and practice. Subject matters include the classical "Four Gentlemen" - bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemums, rose, wisteria and peony flowers, birds, animals and landscapes.


Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchids, Baby Chick and Blue Herons
Lesson 2: Plum Blossoms and Birds
Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
Lesson 4: Landscapes
Lesson 5: Peony and Butterflies
Lesson 6: Rose, Wisteria and Cats
Lesson 7: Chrysanthemum and Rooster
Lesson 8: Landscape Painting(the three Gorges of Yangtze)
Lesson 9: Monkeys
Lesson 10: Lotus Flowers and Frogs
Lesson 11: Chinese Dragon
Lesson 12: Camellia(in Gongbi style)

Lesson 13: Bird of Paradise

Lesson 14: Scots Pine and Squirrel

Lesson 15: Summer Fruits and Veggies(in Etegami style)

Lesson 16: Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting

Lesson 17: Water Buffalo

Lesson 18: Boneless-style Flower and Birds on Silk or Sized Paper

Lesson 19: Misty Mountains on mulberry paper

Lesson 20: Red-crowned Cranes

Lesson 21: Peacocks

Lesson 22: Carp and Goldfish, Water Snake

Lesson 23: Magnolia

Lesson 24: Day Lily, and Japanese Garden Bridge

Lesson 25: Southern Song Style Landscape

Lesson 26: Zen Paintings
Lesson 27: Lesson 27 Rhododendron and Poppies
Lesson 28: Gongbi Colored Landscape
Lesson 29: Three Variations of Phalaenopsis

Lesson 30: Horses

Lesson 31: Finger Painting with Prof Zhou

Lesson 32: Xieyi Landscape Painting with Prof Kang

Lesson 33: Insects with Prof Rao

Lesson 34: Shrimp and Crabs in Qi Baishi Style

Lesson 35: Tiger


A new instructional video is offered each month with a new and different subject matter, such as horses, humming birds, pouring ink style landscape, birds of paradise flowers, or outlined tree leaves. Your learning experience continues month to month, and you are welcome to advance your training and practice at your own pace. Video classes are accessible 24/7.

Students will receive access to a variety of enriching discussion groups, assignment and critique centers, and new monthly lessons.

Students who were surveyed said these things about Mr. Henry Li:
"The best part of my experience is [the] balance between learning, practicing, sharing ideas with other students, enjoying the workshop, and having
met Professor Henry Li"
The best part of my experience is Henry's wealth of expertise & knowledge and his generosity in sharing as well as his skill as a teacher. Also enthusiastic, involved, creative & supportive co-students."
"The best part has been the teacher, who is a master of what he teaches but also a master at teaching. Equally important was the support, participation, and community with the other students. I will be a continuing student, Henry's class has become an important part of my daily life, something I didn't expect to happen."


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Student Kit: Here is a Check List and a Student Value Pak is available for sale.  


About Henry Li

Henry LiHenry Xiaohui Li(b. 1959), as known by his artist name Ji-yi-lou-zhu, is the owner of Blue Heron Arts Co. in Los Angeles, California.


Trained in a time-honored tradition of art, Henry Li began painting in 1974 under Zhang Zhengyin(1912-1995), a master in Henry's hometown, Nanjing. He majored in Archaeology when he got into Nanjing University in 1977, and became a fellow of the Center for Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Study in 1983.

Henry came to the US in 1987 to study for his degree in ancient Chinese history at University of Washington. He taught traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy at UW's Experimental College from 1988 to 1995 while he was a graduate student there. After graduation, Henry taught culture and history classes of China, Japan and Korea at Western Washington University.

Over the years, Henry continued to develop his amazing talents. He took a web design job in Colorado Springs and became a professional internet developer, and by 1997 he moved to Los Angeles and created several very popular online greeting card websites, one of which ( went to public in 1998. Since then,  he has been involved in a number of internet adventures and designed  numerous e-commerce websites for various businesses. 

After ten years of pixel painting on the computer Henry returned to traditional ink and watercolor media. Since 2007 he started to show people how to do Chinese brush painting on the website. Henry works tirelessly to make his painting videos look effortless, spontaneous and joyful. Meanwhile, he has started to explore new materials and techniques that will give this centuries old art form a new life.

Since 2010 Henry became a fulltime Chinese art teacher and supplier, with thousands of fans and students all over the world. His artistic family members includes his wife Victoria, who taught Chinese language at universities, now teaches Chinese calligraphy and plays Chinese music instruments; and daughter Amy who is a professional graphic designer graduated from the art department of Cal State Long Beach.   


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