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Colors of Autumn: Introduction to Chinese Painting & Calligraphy

A beginners workshop to explore basic techniques in Chinese brush painting and calligraphy. In this workshop, we will include the use of slideshow, videos, and live demo to engage students. Learn to paint flowers, plants, or small animals using Chinese ink or watercolors.

A suggested art supplies list will be emailed to participants, participants can order an art kit from the art teacher or other art supply resources. See list here (guidelines to order art materials). To sign up please contact the Alameda Free Library.

Chrysanthemum painting, Pauline Tsui

Where: Alameda Free Library (host of virtual workshop)

Date: October 8th, Thursday, 2020.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Note: Registration is required, space is limited. Zoom invitations will be sent to the first 20 people to sign up. Beginners to intermediate level, all ages welcome.

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Orinda Calligraphy & Painting Workshop series

New Dates: Orinda Library every second and fourth Monday starting March 9th, 2020

Classes started on March 9 instead of February 10. The March 23, April 13 and 27, classes have been postponed indefinitely.

A workshop series to explore basic techniques in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. This 2-hour program will enable participants to deepen their appreciation of Asian culture and enjoyment in art making.

There will be a total of four meetings. Class meets on second and fourth Mondays in March and April, 2020. Students will learn the basic strokes in Chinese calligraphy using brush and grid paper, write and speak simple phrases, learn their names in Chinese, and create finished artworks using a combination of writing and painting elements.

Place:     Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way ,  Orinda, CA  94563  Tel: 925-254-2184

Time:      10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dates:     Mondays, twice a month.

Note: Beginners level for Chinese and non-Chinese learners. All art materials will be provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Orinda Library, please sign up with library (call Orinda Library: 925-254-2184, Ian Richards) for each of the four workshops: Mondays, 3/9, 4/13, 4/27 (make-up date for 3/23 tbd).

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Spring Workshops on Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

All remaining workshops in March, at Foster City Library, Woodside Library, and Atherton Library have been postponed until further notice.

This March, learn to paint seasonal flowers, fruits, and small animals. Also, learn to write and speak simple Chinese. The workshops teach basic techniques in art of the brush and promote cultural appreciation. The art of Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy are complementary of one another. Practicing both can help improve focus and creativity with a given sense of enjoyment.

The programs are designed for beginners level and suitable to both Chinese and non-Chinese speakers. Art supplies such as brushes, ink, colors, and paper will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended for each workshop, contact libraries for enrollment.

Free program sponsored by the San Mateo County Libraries:

– Saturday, March 7 at 2 – 3:30 pm (Brush Painting) at Atherton Library

– Thursday, March 12 at 10:30 – 12:00 noon  (Brush Painting) at Foster City Library This event has been postponed until further notice.

– Thursday, March 12 at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Brush Painting) at Woodside Library This event has been postponed until further notice.

– Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm (Chinese Calligraphy) at Atherton Library This event has been postponed until further notice.


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Lunar New Year Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Celebrate Lunar New Year and learn to write Chinese characters and make wall art to decorate your home. Artist-instructor Pauline Tsui will explain how Chinese writing evolves from pictures into various font styles. Chinese Calligraphy is an art form that goes hand-in-hand with Poetry and Painting, writing beautiful characters is also an effective approach to improve on focus and creativity.

Sponsored by San Mateo County Libraries: two workshops on February 22:

– Saturday, February 22, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm — at Brisbane Library

– Saturday, February 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm — at Portola Valley Library

Beginners level for Chinese and non-Chinese speakers, all art materials will be provided.

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Lunar New Year Chinese Brush Painting Workshop – Year of the Rat

Alameda Free Library on January 11, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year and learn to paint seasonal flowers, fruits, and zodiac animals. This workshop teaches basic techniques and promote cultural appreciation. Art supplies such as brushes, ink, and paper will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this limited space workshop. This is a family program for adults and teens, all levels such as beginners and intermediate are welcome. More…

Rat with gold purse

Year of the Golden Rat, painting by Pauline Tsui

Pauline Tsui is an artist, a writer, and a docent of the Asian Art Museum. She studied traditional Chinese brush painting with renowned masters in Hong Kong; and attended Mills College of Oakland majoring in Practice of Art. For over 15 years, Pauline has taught brush painting and calligraphy classes at various community centers, public libraries and art museums. Her East-meets-West approach and methodical teaching style appeal to a broad audience in the Bay Area. More on Pauline…


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Mid Autumn Festival 2019 – Free Art Programs with San Mateo County Libraries

Chinese Brush Painting and Chinese Calligraphy

In September, celebrate Mid Autumn Moon Festival with family and friends. Artist-instructor Pauline Tsui will read Moon Poems from the Chinese classics and teach participants hands-on techniques in painting seasonal flowers, fruits and animals. Participants will create an artwork to take home. Beginners level, all art materials will be provided. Registration required, space is limited. Contact librarians by phone or email.


SMCL Branch Dates & Time Workshop Theme
Atherton 9/10 Tuesday    @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Chinese Painting
Belmont 9/16 Monday    @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm Chinese Painting
Brisbane 9/21 Saturday  @ 11:00 – 12:30 pm Chinese Painting
Foster City     9/10 Tuesday  @ 10:30 – 12:00 pm Chinese Painting
Millbrae 9/23 Monday    @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm Chinese Painting
Portola Valley 9/21 Saturday   @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm Chinese Painting
Half Moon Bay 10/1 Tuesday    @  6:00 – 7:30 pm Poetry & Calligraphy
Woodside 10/17 Thursday @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm Poetry & Calligraphy

For October, Chinese Calligraphy for non-Chinese learners. Calligraphy is an art form that is closely associated with Poetry and Painting. Artist and instructor Pauline Tsui will share stories of the Origins of Chinese Writing and teach how to paint Chinese characters as an abstract art form. Learn how to read and write simple characters using ink and brush, participants will create a finished decorative wall-art to take home. Beginners level, all art materials will be provided. Registration required, space is limited.

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Chinese Brush Painting Workshop Series

Where: Orinda Library – 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

When: Mondays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dates: from August through December – 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 12/2

Explore the art of painting with Chinese ink and watercolors with artist-instructor Pauline Tsui. Learn to render flowers of the four seasons, small birds and animals. This four part series is for beginners interested to start a new hobby for relaxation, as well as intermediate learners to refresh their painting skills, and anyone who wishes to deepen their appreciation for Chinese culture.

Art materials will be provided. Registration is required, contact library to sign up.

This is a free introductory class, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library.

Chrysanthemum butterfly
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Tour, Talk & Tea: The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nien

A Members Event at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

  • When:      Tuesday July 9 & Saturday July 13
  • Time:       Tour at 2:00 , Q&A discussion with tea service at 3:00, end 4:00 pm.
  • What:       Members enjoy a guided tour of the Special Exhibition with Pauline Tsui.
  • How:        Contact 415.581.3743 or members@asianart.org to reserve your place.

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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

The Joys of Chinese Brush Painting

During the May celebration of Asian Heritage, we invite you to experience the joys of brush painting by attending one of our hands-on art workshops. Participants learn how to appreciate Chinese painting and paint seasonal flowers and small animals. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a finished art piece to take home.
This is a family program for beginners to intermediate level, no prior art skills is required, ages 8 to 80+ are welcome! Space is limited, contact individual libraries to register for the workshops.

DateLibraryFamily ProgramCapacityStatus
El Cerrito Library6:00 – 7:30 pm     20 
Moraga Library1:00 – 3:00 pm     15 
Ortega Library2:00 – 3:30 pm     20 
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Exploring Japan’s Artistic Sensibilities

Japanese Aesthetics and Kimono Refashioned   — presented by Asian Art Museum Community Speakers Program

Embark on a journey of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in the country’s extraordinary art and culture. This talk will tie in with the Asian Art Museum’s Kimono Refashioned exhibition which explores the impact of Japanese kimono on world fashion from the 1870s to present day. Museum docent Pauline Tsui will present a slideshow of artworks from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum as well as beautiful dresses from the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 10th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Place: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco,
3200 California Street, San Francisco

Free to public, pre-registration required. Click here.