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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.

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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.

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Celebrate Year of the Pig – hands on workshops in the north and south Bay

In February we celebrate Lunar New Year with a number of Brush Painting and Calligraphy workshops in the north Bay and south Peninsular.

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A. Celebrate Year of the Pig and enjoy a hands-on workshop on Chinese brush painting. Participants will create auspicious lunar new year decorations and paint flowers and zodiac animal such as the Pig. Art supplies such as brushes, ink, and paper will be provided. Pre-registration is required, limited space per workshop. This is a family program for adults, teens, and children, ages 8 to 80+ are welcome.

B. A hands-on workshop on Chinese calligraphy. During Lunar New Year it is customary to decorate homes and workplaces with fei chun — lucky banners, that contain words of blessing. Artist and instructor Pauline Tsui will present a slideshow of Customs & Origins of the Lunar New Year, and show how characters in China evolved from pictograms to various font styles suitable for modern day use. Participants will learn how to use ink and brush to create simple characters as decorative wall-art, everyone will have a finished piece to take home. Materials will be provided, all ages are welcome.

Please see below for our schedule, contact individual libraries to attend.

South Bay San Mateo County Family Program Capacity Status
Foster City Library Brush painting  10:30-12:00n 30 Full
Atherton Library Brush painting  2:00-3:30p 26 Full
San Carlos Library Brush painting  2:00-3:30p 30 Full
East Palo Alto Library Calligraphy + Slideshow  4:00-5:30p    
Half Moon Bay Library Calligraphy + Slideshow  2:00-3:30p    
North Bay Contra Costa County Family Program Capacity Status
El Cerrito Library Brush painting  6:00-7:30p 30 Full  
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Chinese Brush Painting Workshops at Lafayette Recreation Center – starting January 16th

Come create beautiful artworks with art instructor Pauline Tsui, join us for a Brush Painting workshop every Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, starting January 16th.
This is a great opportunity for budding artists to hone your skills, or anyone who wants to start a new hobby for relaxation and enjoyment.
Students will learn to paint with Chinese ink and watercolors, render flowers of the four seasons and small animals using a Chinese brush. All materials will be provided. Registration begins now, sign up here.

Questions? Contact Pauline at paulinpodesign@gmail.com.

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Fees: $92 for four classes

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6.

Place: Lafayette Recreation Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, CA

Bio: Pauline Tsui teaches brush painting and calligraphy classes at various public and private institutions — at schools, libraries, and art museums. Pauline is an artist, a writer, and a docent of the Asian Art Museum. She had studied traditional Chinese brush painting with renowned masters in Hong Kong, and attended Mills College of Oakland, National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, to pursue degrees in design and western art. Pauline’s East-meets-West approach and methodical teaching style appeal to a broad audience in the Bay Area.