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Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Join us for a hands-on workshop celebrating the ‘Lunar New Year & Year the Dog‘. Artist and Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will talk about customs of the new year and demonstrate how to use a Chinese brush to paint auspicious flowers and zodiac animals. Participants will learn to paint a lucky banner and bring home an artwork to decorate their homes. All art materials will be provided. No prior art experience is required.


Date & Time:         Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 2:30pm4:00pm

Place:                      Oakland Library, Asian Branch

                                 388 9th Street Suite 190

                                 Oakland, CA 94607

                                 Phone: (510) 238-3400
(This program is free. Space is limited. Registration is recommended)

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Painting with Pauline — interactive learning art workshops


Welcome 2018!Bamboo Chinese Brush Painting

Learn to paint with Chinese ink and watercolors, render flowers of the four seasons and small animals using a Chinese brush. This class is for beginners with no brush painting skills as well as intermediate learners who are interested to refresh their techniques and gain a deeper appreciation of Chinese art and culture. All art materials will be provided during the first class; students can choose to order their own brushes and art materials during the first lesson.

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Dates: Wednesday mornings on 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7

Venue: Art & Science Room, Lafayette Library & Learning Center,

              3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Fees: $88 for 4 lessons, $25 for each lesson

(pre-registration required, space is limited)

To register send payment via PayPal

OR make a check payable to Paulinpo Design  and mail to:

Paulinpo Design
5855 Horton Street, Suite 723
Emeryville, CA  94608

Inquiries at paulinpodesign@gmail.com


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Customs & Origins of the Lunar New Year

Art talk and demo at Portola Valley Library – Learning Center – Tuesday, January 30th, 1:00-2:30pm.


 Pauline’s art teacher was Master Zhang Zhao Shi of the Lingnan School. Detail of a peony painting by Master Zhang.


Pauline Tsui will present a slideshow and talk on ‘The Customs & Origins of Lunar New Year’. Find out how the spring festival is celebrated in various parts of Asia and in the U.S. Learn the proper greetings for New Year’s Day, the familial festivities, meanings of food and lucky decorations.

After the talk, Pauline will demonstrate brush-painting auspicious flowers and fruits, and create a lucky banner i.e. the Year of the Dog to decorate the home.

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Chinese Jade: Stone of Heaven —

A community speaker’s lecture at your local libraries 一in September/October

Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will present the Story of Jade: with a brief introduction about the formation and classification of jade, to be followed by an appreciation of jade pieces (with examples crafted over thousands of years up till early 20th century China). She will focus on the symbolic and auspicious meanings of jade pieces, and finish with tips on identifying fakes and how to care for jade.

Pumpkin, prunus branch, with small dragonfly

Nature in Jade, jadeite piece from the Asian Art Museum

In China jade is believed to have life-prolonging qualities, many consider jade to be more precious than gold. Emperors admire jade; scholars praise jade; women use jade ornaments to adorn their beauty. Today around the world, beautiful jade jewelry and collectibles are still admired by many. In September, the talk will take place in Orinda, Contra Costa County Library; in October, the talk will be at the Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library. The content of the two talks will vary slightly, i.e. some of the example objects will feature a different time period.

Date/Place/Time:     (free to public)

September 28, Thursday Orinda Library 1:00 – 2:00p
October 26, Thursday San Francisco Library, Sunset Branch 6:30-7:30p
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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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