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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

The Joys of Chinese Brush Painting

During the month of May, 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.

Date Library Family Program Capacity Status
5/14
Tue
El Cerrito Library 6:00 – 7:30 pm
5/23
Thu
Moraga Library 1:00 – 3:00 pm
5/25
Sat
Ortega Library 2:00 – 3:30 pm
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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.

Nine Goldfish

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
2/7
Thu
Foster City Library Brush painting  10:30-12:00n 30 Full
2/9
Sat
Atherton Library Brush painting  2:00-3:30p 26 Full
2/10
Sun
San Carlos Library Brush painting  2:00-3:30p 30 Full
2/15
Fri
East Palo Alto Library Calligraphy + Slideshow  4:00-5:30p    
2/24
Sun
Half Moon Bay Library Calligraphy + Slideshow  2:00-3:30p    
North Bay Contra Costa County Family Program Capacity Status
2/11
Mon
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.

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Chinese Brush Painting at Yu Ming

After school enrichment class for Grades  3 to 8, every Wednesday, 3:20 pm – 4:20 pm at Yu Ming Charter School, Oakland, CA

Learn basic skills in Chinese brush painting and calligraphy: students will paint flowers, fruits, and small animals using Chinese ink and watercolors. Lessons include ‘the Four Noble Flowers’, ‘the Three Friends of Winter’, ‘Zodiac Animals’, etc. The class is designed to help students develop creativity, enhance focus, and expand their cultural experience. All art material costs for brushes, paper, ink and colors are included in the course fees.

This is a beginners class, no prior painting skill is necessary. Children learn in a small size classroom and nurturing environment. The class schedule is made up of two sessions where each part is 9-week long, each class is an independent lesson. First day of class for session Part 1 is January 9th; last day of class for session Part 2 is May 29th.

Teacher’s 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.

To learn more information and register for the class, click here.

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Birds and Flowers Ink Brush Painting: Art Demo and DIY

Ohlone Audubon Society Membership Event

Date:         November 6, Tuesday

Time:        7:30 pm

Venue:      Castro Valley Adult School ,4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley

Finches and bamboo Huizong-ZhaoJi_Met

Finches and bamboo painted by Emperor Huizong, Zhao Ji.  Photo credit – the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A special program for the bird watchers community to celebrate birds and nature with artist-instructor Pauline Tsui.

Express your hidden artistic creativity with hands-on brush painting after a
short slideshow. Learn how to paint birds and flowers. No prior art experience is necessary. All art materials will be provided. See more…

See more: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S6PtvUwgMxxjc0vKCEZZJ9sVkVGN2chY/view

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Painting with Pauline at Moraga Library

Join us on November 1 for a Brush Painting Workshop, explore the joys of Chinese brush painting by learning hands-on how to create pictures with brush strokes, ink and colors. This workshop is for beginners and intermediate level learners. Participants will paint seasonal flowers and small animals. All art materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required, sign up with the Moraga Library’s online registration here.

Day:         Thursday, November 1st

Time:       1:00 – 2:30 pm

Where:    Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s Road

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