East Meets West Painting
July 2017

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East Meets West

Chinese & Watercolor Painting

July 02, 2017 – July 07, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Lian Zhen
Materials Fee:
Plus accommodations
SM17-2605-950Lian Zhen,

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.

It is difficult to procure supplies after you arrive. You should bring all materials with you to your first session on Monday morning. See the More Information section for a complete list of supplies.

More Information

Enrollment is limited for this program; register early. $45 materials fee; include when you register. Please note, once class has begun, if you should choose to transfer out of this course, the materials fee is nonrefundable.

Things to Bring:

It is difficult to procure supplies after you arrive. Faculty asks that you bring the following supplies with you (additional supplies will be provided by the faculty on the first day of the course):


  • Round - number 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8
  • Flat - ¼ inch, ½ inch and 1 inch

Colors (tubes):
Total three tubes of the primary colors from any of the following (medium sizes); other similar primary colors are OK:

  • 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.)


  • One full sheets or 2 half sheets of 140 lb Cold Press watercolor papers, Arches or Kilimanjaro, NO EXCEPTIONS


  • One large size palette.

Masking Fluid:

  • A new bottle of light colored art-masking fluid. Shiva Liquid Masque by Richson Mediums and Windsor and Newton’s yellowish color masking are recommended, less then 2 year old).


  • 1 plywood board or gatorboard size 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 paper 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
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

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

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


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