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Art of the Brush ~ a Virtual Brush Painting Workshop

Experience the Joys of Chinese brush painting in the comfort of your home with expertise instructions and practical hands-on lessons. Extended offer, last day: Enroll by Monday, January 18, to get the discounted offer, act now.

Learn to paint in 5 easy lessons! Learn the basics in Chinese brush painting, explore different techniques in rendering seasonal flowers, fruits, and small animals. This program is for beginner to intermediate level learners who are interested to deepen their appreciation of art and culture.

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Days and Time: Choose any day from November through January 15, 2021

Tuesday through Friday ~ choose any time from 11 am – 1pm, and from 2 pm – 4 pm (Pacific Time). OR

Saturday ~ choose any time from 11 am – 1 pm (Pacific Time)

Sign up and pay for five 40-minute lessons at a time ~ $22 x 5 = $110>>Offering Now! ~ $11 x 5 = $55 (5 lessons for 40 minutes each)

Sign up for a single 40-minute lesson ~ $25 (per person per lesson)

Sign up for a single 90-minute lesson ~   $60>>Offering Now! ~ $38 / $30 (per person for group of 2 or more, 90 minutes per lesson)

Art Supplies: Attendees shall purchase their own brushes, paper, ink and colors. Instructor will offer < Art Kit > for students to be purchased prior to class date. Details will be given after sign up.

How to Book a Lesson: After signing up for classes, booking and rescheduling must be made at least 5 days in advance. Note: (1) All cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to class time or else fees will be forfeited. (2) All class bookings must be completed by January 15, 2021. All inquiries should be addressed to: paulinpodesign@gmail.com

*** Watch one of Instructor Pauline’s brush painting demo videos.

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Learn How to Paint Small Animals

Celebrate the holidays and get a DIY Art Kit <I love to Paint Animals> — created by art instructor and Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui. Have fun with your family and friends during Covid’s stay-at-home protocol. Make a request for a kit and order it as a Special Present to a distanced friend.

Here’s a taste of Chinese Painting with a brush, watch Pauline’s painting of a Rabbit and the Autumn Moon:


This Art Kit contains five DIY paintable pages and one Chinese brush and two tubes of watercolor paint.

More instructions and guidelines to come … check back soon.

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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.