Leave a comment

Asian Heritage Month -Virtual Workshop

Chinese Painting & Chinese Calligraphy

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by learning Chinese brush painting and calligraphy in four easy lessons. The program is for beginners and intermediate learners.

• Using ink and watercolors, learn the basic techniques of Chinese painting to render seasonal flowers, fruits, and small animals.

• Learn simple Chinese phrases and write your name in Chinese characters.

• This workshop is for anyone interested in art making and identifying cultural values.

• Cost $25 (per person per lesson) x 4 = $100 for four 50-minute lessons. $30 per person for a single 50-minute lesson. $60 per person for a single 90-minute lesson.

Inquiries and Sign up: paulinpodesign@gmail.com

Art Supplies: Attendees shall purchase their own brushes, paper, ink and colors. Instructor will offer < Art Kit > to anyone who wishes to purchase them.

Leave a comment

Celebrate Lunar New Year: Year of the Ox

Slideshow & Painting Workshop ~ Art of the Brush

  • Celebrate the Year of the Ox, Pauline will give a slide presentation on ‘The Customs of Lunar New Year & Lucky Symbols‘.
  • Hear stories about red banners, lion dances, seasonal flowers and special foods; find out how the spring festival is celebrated in various parts of Asia and in the U.S.
  • After the talk, enjoy a hands-on Chinese painting workshop to paint flowers and zodiac animals, make an artwork to decorate your home.
  • This is a private event. To learn more, follow us or contact Pauline.
Thursday, February 18, at 6:30 pm (EST) 
RG/A ~ design businesses and brands for a more human future.
Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 pm (EST) 
Ropes & Gray / The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
How to Prepare your tools and Setup your table space for brush painting:
  To prepare for a hands-on painting/calligraphy program, here is what you’ll need.  
1) Table covering, avoid the mess of ink stains, protect the surface where you will be doing the painting.
2A) Jar of clear cold water for washing your brushes. Never use hot or warm water. Clean the brushes carefully after the art session, do not touch the hair with your fingers, wipe them lightly on a paper towel then air dry.
2B) Small mixing plate or wax-coated paper dish for mixing ink and colors.
2C) Brush rest, so the loaded brush will not stain the painting surface, and some paper towels to test the ink mix.
Options to purchase <Art Kit> from Instructor or order from Chinese art stores or online through Amazon, etc. (details on enquiry)
How to prep your new brushes before the first lesson:
  3) After you have purchased new brushes, here is what you do to prep your new brushes for painting:
– Soak them in a cup filled with cold water. As a rule of thumb, never leave brushes alone soaking in water EXCEPT for the first time, this is to melt the glue that held the brush in shape. Depending on the maker, it will take from 10 to 20 minutes, or 30 minutes for the glue to melt. Then lift the brush out of the water and gently wipe them on a clean paper towel. You can put them to dry on a flat surface, or if you have a brush hanger/holder then the brushes can be left top-down or upright. 
– Do not try to put the brushes back in their plastic caps once the glue has melted. 
– When cleaning your brushes, always use cold water. Brushes are made with animal hair that can shrink if put in warm or hot water.   

Pauline Tsui is an artist, a children’s book writer, and a docent of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Before moving to the Bay Area, Pauline has traveled to and lived in cities like Paris, New York, Shanghai, Honolulu, Hong Kong, etc.
Pauline has presented numerous painting and calligraphy workshops, and given art talks at community centers, public libraries and art museums. Pauline’s East-meets-West approach, as well as her methodical teaching style, appeal to a broad audience of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

1 Comment

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.

Learn to paint in 4 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.

Have questions, FAQ Learn More…

Days and Time: Choose days that work for you, weekdays and weekend time slots are available!

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

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

$35 (per person per lesson) for one 60-minute lesson

$25 (per person per lesson) x 4 = $100 for four 60-minute lessons

$60 (per one person) for one single 90-minute lesson

Sign up now.

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) Any cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to class time or else fees will be forfeited. (2) All classes for the 5-part series should be completed within 60 days from the first class date. Send inquiries to: paulinpodesign@gmail.com

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

Leave a comment

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.

Leave a comment

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.

Leave a comment

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).

Leave a comment

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.


Leave a comment

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.

1 Comment

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…


Leave a comment

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.