Welcome to the Chinese Brush Painting  online class with Henry Li!  This is a private art classroom of monthly video lessons. With paid membership you will receive personal critiques on your assigned practices and join private discussion groups on general topics, workshops and exhibitions. You will also enjoy the  online gallery, community blogs and live chat activities with inspiring CBP artists from around the world.

Lesson of the Month

Lesson 49 Zodiac Monkey

Happy 2016, the Chinese new year of the monkey! let us learn how to paint a monkey from our guest professor Datong Xu in Nanjing, China.  Datong's was inspired by a line from a Tang Dynasty poem which reads "cold monkeys drink water giving a shake to the withered vine." This was a metaphor describing the brush strokes of cursive style calligraphy by Monk Huaisu. In this monkey painting demo  Datong turned this poetic image into a masterpiece of art with his expertise in both Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Latest Activity

Adrienne K Falk joined Henry Li aka HEART's group

Lesson 20 Red-Crowned Cranes

This lesson is how to Paint Red-Crowned Cranes. Cranes are  symbols for happiness and longevity.…See More
17 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Alice, sure, every time I practise I feel that too, exciting ! :-)"
19 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Wynne you are right, regular style is the first basic practise. I've been said in Confucius…"
19 hours ago
Alice replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Merci beaucoup, Ozara! The grids for printing are perfect! I am looking forward to writing in. It…"
19 hours ago
Alice replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Dear Wynne, thanks for sharing! The books are tempting. I also prefer the videos with Victoria and…"
20 hours ago
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"I Love watching the  videos but find them hard to use in my practice. I need something I can…"
21 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Thank you Wynne, these look great books, they are so many about chinese calligraphy that the choice…"
23 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL commented on Henry Li aka HEART's album

Henry’s Trip in Nanjing 2016

"Always glad to see the photos of your trip Henry thanks ! I see the plums are starting to bloom,…"
23 hours ago
Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"Wynne, thank you for this recommendation. I saw your review on Amazon as well."
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Calligraphy books
"There is a new calligraphy book out called Heart of the Brush by Kazuaki Tanahashi. It is extremely…"
Alice favorited Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Always Colorful Spring - Joint Calligraphy and Painting Lesson (1)
Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH favorited Henry Li aka HEART's photo
Wynne Keller replied to Shay Wahl aka CSO's discussion Gongbi
"I love gongbi and your flower is stunning. "
Henry Li aka HEART posted photos
Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Used Seals
"Thank you, Alice.  This helps."
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Thanks for the feedback on paintings for the show. When I asked my relatives, they all voted for…"
Wynne Keller replied to Deborah Puckett's discussion Deb Puckett Lesson 1 Practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"very nice herons, and I love your signature and seal. I'm glad you got to attend a class, it…"
Alice replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Used Seals
"Yes, you can re-carve your used seal. You will just lose the "sanded-down" material."
Deborah Puckett replied to Deborah Puckett's discussion Deb Puckett Lesson 1 Practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Here are two more herons I did yesterday. They are skinnier! And not so evenly spaced. "
Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH posted a blog post

Happy Chinese New Year, year of the Monkey.

In some parts of the world it is already February 8 so I welcome all a very Happy Chinese New Year.…See More


Membership Fee Plans

Paid Membership: This website hosted by Henry Li is a paid-access network for all artists who want to learn Chinese brush painting. Please choose a membership option below. It is not a recurring billing plan so you will be prompted to pay once your subscription expires.

$45.00/3 Months
($15.00 per month)
$80.00/6 Months
($13.33 per month)
$120.00/1 Year
($10.00 per month)
$198.00/2 Years($8.25 per month)

*This is the only cost to watch all Henry's online classes 24/7, get critique on your practices, socialize with other members, browse the forum, open discussion groups, photo gallery, blogs and chat.  You have full control over your privacy settings in a very friendly community.

Membership Q&A

Q: How much it cost to become a paid member?
A: This site welcome all CBP or sumi artists to join and here is the membership cost depending on which plan you choose:

$45.00/3 Months($15.00 per month)
$80.00/6 Months
($13.33 per month)
$120.00/1 Year
($10.00 per month)
$198.00/2 Years($8.25 per month)

Q: How do you teach your video class?
A: All pre-recorded video classes are open-ended, available 24/7 all year round. In addition to instructional video classes, assignments and handouts, you will receive personalized critiques from Henry. His critiques on other students' practices are also proved to be very valuable learning resources.

Q: How do I register and pay for membership?

A: Just click on "sign up" to register your account. We take credit cards or Paypal. A payment gateway is integrated with this network which is very secure and you will get instant access to the classes automatically. If you have any problem with signing up or prefer a different payment method, please contact Henry Li.

Q: I am a returning student, what do I need to pay?
A: If your membership has expired, all you need to renew your general membership in order to access all old classes and up-coming new ones(there is no longer per class charge). All your old posts are still under your account.   

Q: Can I download the class videos and view them off-line?

A: No. To purchase downloadable video lessons or DVDs please visit BHA online store.

Be Inspired by Chinese Brush Painting Master, Henry X. Li

Chinese Brush Painting Online Video Class with Henry Li

Join master Chinese Brush Painting artist, Henry X. Li, for a year round journey of online learning where you will discover, step by step, how to select and wield a Chinese brush, how to load it with ink and watercolors, and how to paint with various rice papers. Suitable for beginners as well as intermediate students, Chinese brush painting is an ongoing class you will not want to miss.

Master Li will discuss the basic foundational strokes and principles of composition in his video classes. To further enrich each of his student's learning experience, individual critiques are given in a class forum setting, with follow-up instructions in a hands on manner.

Students begin with the basic video lessons and practice. Subject matters include the classical "Four Gentlemen" - bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemums, rose, wisteria and peony flowers, birds, animals and landscapes.

New: Chinese Calligraphy lesson with Victoria

Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchids, Baby Chick and Blue Herons
Lesson 2: Plum Blossoms and Birds
Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
Lesson 4: Landscapes
Lesson 5: Peony and Butterflies
Lesson 6: Rose, Wisteria and Cats
Lesson 7: Chrysanthemum and Rooster
Lesson 8: Landscape (the three Gorges of Yangtze)
Lesson 9: Monkeys
Lesson 10: Lotus Flowers and Frogs
Lesson 11: Chinese Dragon
Lesson 12: Camellia(in Gongbi style)

Lesson 13: Bird of Paradise

Lesson 14: Scots Pine and Squirrel

Lesson 15: Summer Fruits and Veggies(in Etegami style)

Lesson 16: Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting

Lesson 17: Water Buffalo

Lesson 18: Boneless-style Flower and Birds on Silk or Sized Paper

Lesson 19: Misty Mountains in Neo-Fu Baoshi Style on Mulberry Paper

Lesson 20: Red-crowned Cranes

Lesson 21: Peacocks

Lesson 22: Carp, Goldfish and Snakes

Lesson 23: Magnolia

Lesson 24: Day Lily

Lesson 25: Southern Song Style Landscape

Lesson 26: Zen Paintings

Lesson 27: Lesson 27 Rhododendron and Poppies

Lesson 28: Gongbi Colored Landscape

Lesson 29: Three Variations of Phalaenopsis

Lesson 30:  Horses

Lesson 31: Finger Paintings

Lesson 32: Creative Methods of Xieyi Landscape

Lesson 33: Insects with prof Rao

Lesson 34: Shrimp and Crab in Qi Baishi Style

Lesson 35: Tiger

Lesson 36: Water Lilies

Lesson 37: Eagles

Lesson 38 Columbia River Gorge

Lesson 39 Goats

Lesson 40 Peach of Longevity

Lesson 41: Koi Pond

Lesson 42 Figure Painting with prof Luo Laiying

Lesson 43 Wei Zixi Style Landscape with Wei Li

Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory

Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds

Lesson 46 Dogwood

Lesson 47 Waterfalls

Lesson 48 Portrait

A new video class will be added each month with a new and different subject matter, such as horses, humming birds, pouring ink style landscape, or fine-line style flower and birds. Your learning experience continues month to month, and you are welcome to advance your training and practice at your own pace. Video's are viewable 24/7.

Students will receive access to a variety of enriching discussion groups, assignment and critique centers, and new monthly lessons.

Students who were surveyed said these things about Mr. Henry Li aka
HEART - "Henry Energetic Artist Responsive Teacher"
"The best part of my experience is [the] balance between learning, practicing, sharing ideas with other students, enjoying the workshop, and having
met Professor Henry Li"
The best part of my experience is Henry's wealth of expertise & knowledge and his generosity in sharing as well as his skill as a teacher. Also enthusiastic, involved, creative & supportive co-students."
"The best part has been the teacher, who is a master of what he teaches but also a master at teaching. Equally important was the support, participation, and community with the other students. I will be a continuing student, Henry's class has become an important part of my daily life, something I didn't expect to happen."




Classes with Henry Li

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Henry X. Li
aka HEART as in Henry Energetic Artist Responsive Teacher

Henry Xiaohui Li, as known by his artist name Ji-yi-lou-zhu, is the owner of Blue Heron Arts Co. in Los Angeles, California.


Trained in a time-honored tradition of art, Henry Li began painting in under Zhang Zhengyin, a master in Henry's hometown, Nanjing. He majored in Archaeology when he got into Nanjing University in 1977, and became a fellow of the Center for Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Study in 1983.


Being an online art teacher and art supplier, Henry has  found himself a full-time job with thousands of fans and students all over the world.


Calligraphy books

Started by Wynne Keller in Poetry, Calligraphy and Seals. Last reply by Ozara aka SOL 19 hours ago. 9 Replies

I've purchased a few books on writing Chinese to try to improve my poorly-executed signatures. There are several I have found helpful, and am sharing thoughts on them in case anyone else is interested.1) Learn to Write Chinese Characters, Johan…Continue


Started by Shay Wahl aka CSO in Gongbi Style. Last reply by Wynne Keller on Monday. 139 Replies

I am adding this discussion page to share the Chinese gongbi technique. Like Susan, I will post the process/steps I take as I work on a painting. I'll start simple, the way I learned, so you might learn too. If I post in the beginning what I paint…Continue

Tags: Gongbi

Used Seals

Started by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH on Monday. 2 Replies

This is a question for those of you who carve seals:  I have seen many seals of eBay, many that have been carved.  The prices seem very good.  Is it possible to "sand" down the carved design so that a new carving can be made?  Continue

Corsica. This pine tree really exist!

Started by mila martin lopez in World Travels and Live Workshops. Last reply by mila martin lopez Jan 24. 6 Replies

I like over all Walking through the mountains and this September I was in Corsica (a Mediterranean island of France). I carried with me my painting materials and did some plein air painting.…Continue

Blog Posts

Happy Chinese New Year, year of the Monkey.

Posted by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH on February 7, 2016 at 3:55pm 0 Comments

In some parts of the world it is already February 8 so I welcome all a very Happy Chinese New Year.  It is so wonderful that Henry is home with his mother for the occasion of the New Year and her birthday.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on February 1, 2016 at 1:56am 6 Comments

My mother is turning 91 on Chinese New Year's day so I will take 10 days off to see her from Feb 6 to 16. I played the Happy Birthday song on my Guqin and wish her happy birthday and every day. …



Posted by SusanMarie aka PAA on January 8, 2016 at 1:50pm 6 Comments

Hello, so here I have some pictures on the books I hand bound.

Last year an expert person from the US came to Guatemala and we had a book binding workshop.  We learned various forms of binding. 

One of my students asked for a book…


New Year

Posted by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH on December 31, 2015 at 9:30am 3 Comments

Wishing all CBP classmates, Henry and Victoria, a very Happy New Year 2016!

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