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July 2015

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East Meets West

Chinese & Watercolor Painting

July 05, 2015 – July 10, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
Lian Zhen
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We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

This workshop is part of Arts Week. Learn more.

Join this 5-day immersion in Chinese painting and watercolor with a master of the art form, Lian Zhen.

This Arts Week workshop begins with an introduction to Chinese painting styles. Then, we learn how to use Chinese brushes, ink, and colors, and get an overview of Asian art theory. After two days, we move on to watercolor. We learn the fundamentals of composition and coloring, and Zhen’s unique techniques, including color pouring and blending.

Throughout the week, there is plenty of opportunity for us to practice and experiment with our painting process. Returning participants refresh their technique and have the option of painting new subjects.

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$45 materials fee; include when you register. 

Things to Bring:


Round - number 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):

  • One Blue - Antwerp Blue (Windsor and Newton), Prussian Blue (M.Graham & Co.)
  • One Yellow - Hansa Yellow Light (M.Graham & Co.), Arylide Yellow (DVP)
  • One Red - Pyrrol Red (M.Graham & Co.), Quinacridone Rose(M.Graham &Co.)

Also, other similar primary colors are OK.

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).


  • One plywood board or gatorboard size about 16"x23" for taping down the watercolor paper (half sheet)
  • Three small dishes for making color liquids, a roll of masking tape or clear packing tape
  • 2 sheets of graphite papers (transfer paper, erasable)
  • a hair dryer
  • a medium size water sprayer
  • an apron
  • 3 sheets of tracing papers size about 15"x12"
  • a pair of scissors
  • a teaspoon of table salt
  • a B2 or #2 pencil
  • erasers
  • one roll of white paper towel

Arts Week Schedule

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.-7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00-9:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00-10:00 p.m. David London’s “Magic Outside the Box”
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Behind the Mask/Beneath the Ego” performance by Rob Faust
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
8:00-9:00 p.m. Poetry Festival Faculty Showcase
9:00-10:00 p.m. Circus Night with Peter Gold’s Trapeze Experience
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m. Doors Open for Gallery Show and Participant Showcase
8:00-8:30 p.m. Sandra Jackson-Dumont from Metropolitan Museum of Art “Beauty and the Imagination”
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–2:00 p.m. Lunch & Departure

Events and times are subject to change.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.


Lian Zhen has exhibited his paintings internationally and has works in numerous institutional and private collections, including the MIT Museum. He is author of Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals; Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers, and other books. He taught watercolor at the University of California at Berkeley for eight years and now offers workshops internationally. lianspainting.com