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Chinese Brush Painting – an Introduction

Friday, August 11 @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Arts & Science Room

Do you wish to learn how to appreciate a Chinese painting of a simple flower, or decipher an enigmatic landscape of mountain and water 山水畫? If your answer is yes, you will want to attend an introduction session at Lafayette Library, where Pauline shall demonstrate Chinese brushstrokes and simple exercises to break down this high art form into a fun everyday hobby. Pre-registration is required, space is limited.

In September and October, the library will be offering an interactive workshop series with hands-on painting classes by Pauline. To sign up, look for upcoming announcements on the Lafayette Library website.


Peonies painted by Pauline Tsui


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Jade Tour — Free Target Sunday August 5th


Place:     Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

                 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Time:      11:30am – 12:15noon

Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will present a public tour on The Story of Jade, with an overview on the classification and stylistic development of Jades from various periods in China, with focus on the symbolic and auspicious meaning behind the designs.

After the tour, enjoy free tour visits including the special Flower Power exhibition ($10 after free admission on Target Sundays) and other activities available at the museum on the same day. http://www.asianart.org/events/search?series_types=target+sunday




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Flower Power

From the refined to the revolutionary… discover the Meaning of Flowers in art

   Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


   Wednesday, July 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will give a 50 minute talk, and uncover the hidden symbolism of flowers in Asian art with focus on six specific flowers – lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip and rose.

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Since ancient times, flowers have been cultivated in gardens and highlighted in artworks, and the botanical properties of flowers have come to represent both human and divine qualities.

From June 23rd to October 1, 2017, visit the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and see the exhibition  that showcases the expressive power of flowers in the arts and cultures of Asia.

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Stone of Heaven – Chinese Jade

Where:  San Francisco Public Library, North Beach Branch

When:  Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Address: 850 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

In China jade is believed to have life-prolonging qualities, and many consider jade to be more precious than gold. For thousands of years craftsmen have drawn inspiration from nature and creatively worked jade into various sizes, forms and shapes. Over time, layers of meaning have been associated with the essence and quality of jade objects.

In a 50 minute slide presentation, Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will tell the story of Jade: from its formation and classification, to a decipher of the symbolic meanings of jade using examples from the museum’s 18th to 20th century jade collection. To finish, Pauline will give tips on identifying fakes and how to care for jade.

This is a free lecture.

Jade horse and monkeys

Nephrite jade from the Asian Art Museum collection.

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Hands-on Brush Painting Workshop

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with your local library


Saturday, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, May 20, at Chinatown Branch, and

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, May 27, at Ortega Branch

In traditional China, scholars and artists learned to do brushwork at a young age, painting was considered one of the three perfections in high art. Today we practice brushwork as a way to nurture our senses, and cultivate an appreciation for Asia’s venerated art form.

The San Francisco Public Library, together with artist and museum docent Pauline Tsui, invites you to attend a hands-on brush painting workshop. You will learn simple techniques to build brush strokes and fine lines and create a work of art to take home. Popular subjects in nature, i.e. flowers, plants, small animals will be covered in our lessons. No prior skills in painting is required, all art materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required, please contact the library for details.


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Nov 12th – Brush Painting Workshop with Pauline

A family workshop for adults and children age 10 or over . Participants will learn basic brush strokes in Chinese brush painting: Pauline Tsui will demonstrate how to paint flowers, fruits, simple fish, and the zodiac monkey; participants will learn to make a good-luck artwork to take home. Instruction will be given in both English and Chinese. All art materials will be provided. No prior skills in painting is required. Contact librarian to pre-register.


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Emperors’ Treasures – Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

When:  October 5, Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30am

Where:  Rhoda Goldman Plaza Senior Community

Address: 2180 Post Street, San Francisco, CA

Ming Emperor Xuande painting Cat 63

Bamboo and Bird painting by the Emperor Huande.

Pauline Tsui will give an educational talk and slideshow of the special exhibition “Emperors’ Treasures” that had been on view  at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum from June 17 to September 18.  The show featured over 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, most of which were seen in the United States for the first time. The artworks included paintings, calligraphy, bronze vessels, ceramics, lacquer ware, jades, and textiles. Learn about this treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created, and how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China. Pauline will also show parallels of artworks from the Asian Art Museum’s permanent collection from the same era.