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Lian Zhen


Pouring Color: Paint What You See



All Levels


August 12th thru 15th

In Studio

$600 per person

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Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US 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. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

Painting is revealing beauty from our hearts.  We try to paint what we want to see but not what we see.  I teach basic techniques such as composition and coloring, and my unique methods including “color pouring and blending” and “paint around (negative painting)”.  I show how to mix colors on watercolor paper, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves.  Only three primary colors will be used.


There are 4 to 6 demos each day with student practices between, so that they can absorb and assimilate the lessons.  In critiques, I help students by touching up their paintings.  At the end of the workshop students may be able to finish 3 paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.


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