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Chinese Brush Painting workshops at San Mateo County Libraries

A celebration of Asian culture and Mid Autumn Moon festival —

Between September and October, there will be numerous hands-on brush painting workshops, jointly presented by the San Mateo County Libraries and artist Pauline Tsui. Magnolia brush painting

In this workshop, Pauline will demonstrate how to paint flowers, fruits, and Chinese zodiac animals. Each participant will learn basic brush strokes and create a painting to take home. All art materials will be provided. *Pre-registration is required, please contact individual libraries. (For all ages, children under age 10 should be accompanied by an adult)


2017 – Chinese Brush Painting Workshops at San Mateo County Libraries:

September 13, Wednesday Atherton Library 3:30 – 5:00p
September 13, Wednesday East Palo Alto Library 6:30 – 7:30p
September 15, Friday Woodside Library 11:00a – 12:30p
September 18, Monay Brisbane Library 3:30 – 5:00p      Full
September 18, Monday Pacifica Sanchez 6:30 – 7:30p       Full
September 23, Monay Belmont Library 2:00-3:30p.        Full
September 27, Monday Foster City Library 10:30-12:00n
October 18, Monay San Carlos Library 7:00-8:30p

*Most workshops are 80 minutes sessions plus 10 minutes clean-up time. Note: at San Carlos Library the duration is the same despite a misprint on the time frame on the website.

San Carlos Library event details

Belmont Library event details

Woodside Library event details

Brisbane Library event details

East Palo Alto event details

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Interactive Workshop Series – Chinese Brush Painting

Lafayette Library & Learning Center

presents a three-part beginner/intermediate workshop that combines lessons on the historical development and popular motifs of Chinese brush painting with hands-on creation of finished works. All art materials provided, pre-registration required. Class size limited to 15 per class.

Part 1: Wednesday September 6, 1:00-3:30pbamboo painting

Brief history and development of brush painting schools in China; followed by painting the ‘Four Friends’ – bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum, plum blossom – using basic ink and wash painting techniques.

Part 2: Wednesday September 20, 1:00-3:30p

Discussion on the three main directions for brush painting in China: Figures, Landscapes, Flowers & Birds. To be followed by basic exercises to learn all three segments, and make one finished artwork.

Part 3: Wednesday October 4, 1:00-3:30p

A survey of the Hidden Messages and Auspicious Symbols in the decorative arts of China. After the talk, learn to paint a finished work with a Lucky Meaning to bring home.

Pauline Tsui has studied traditional Chinese brush painting since the age of 12. Later, she received a BA Degree in Practice of Art from Mills College, and an AAS Degree from New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Pauline brings a sensitivity to her painted works that reflect both eastern and western influences.

At this point ALL three sessions are full. To register to be added to the waiting list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lafbrush3



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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.