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
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."
Henry 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 (card4you.com) 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.
Being an online art teacher and art supplier, Henry has found himself a full-time job with thousands of fans and students all over the world. His artistic family includes his wife Victoria, who teaches Chinese at Pomona College, also paints as her hobby; his mother-in-law, a retired Chinese professor, who practices her calligraphy every morning, and his daughter Amy who is a senior college student majored in art; plus Cappy, a happy and spoiled Chihuahua, who has been around Henry's side for eight years.