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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 45 Master Zhangs' Birds

Henry's teacher Zhang Zhengyin(1912-1995) and grand teacher Chang Shu-chi(Zhang Shu-qi, 1900-1957) were both very good at painting birds in the Chinese manner. Following their easy to follow learning system, you will learn how to draw the basic shape and positions of a bird in an in person class with Steve Lucas, an exhibiting artist from Arizona, at Henry's studio in Los Angeles. Then, Henry will take you to China to see some amazing birds' paintings by master Zhang Zhengyin at a gallery run by one of his last students in Nanjing. Inspired by a masterpiece by teacher Zhang seen in the gallery Henry and his Australian student Leasha did a collaborative bird painting study right in front of the original.

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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 45 Assignments and Handouts in the group Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds
"Hi Shay, not at all! Let us start from the basic 'bird" and then I will provide more…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Stephen Dawson's discussion Steve's Bird trials in the group Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds
"The two birds, the back view one is better, but something wrong with the front view one: the chest…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Stephen Dawson's discussion Steve's Bird trials in the group Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds
"Steve, good drawings of birds to start with. When you paint, you need to apply calligraphic strokes…"
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Shay Wahl aka CSO replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 45 Assignments and Handouts in the group Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds
"Thank you for the handouts, Henry. I have been "afraid" to paint birds all this time, but…"
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Shay Wahl aka CSO replied to Raul Angio's discussion Alejandro Angio bird practice.Lesson 45. in the group Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds
"I like your birds, Raul. They have personality."
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Shay Wahl aka CSO replied to Shay Wahl aka CSO's discussion Shay's Lesson 19 Neo-Fubaoshi in the group Lesson 19 Misty Mountains in Neo-Fu Baoshi Style Landscape Painting
"Thanks Gini! I like your comment that "the result is like rain in the mountains" (yes, I…"
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Eileen Connor aka CDO replied to Eileen Connor aka CDO's discussion Eileen's Lesson 44 Grapes & Morning Glories in the group Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory
"Hey Linda!    I thought that was a good idea for me to practice painting vines with…"
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Eileen Connor aka CDO replied to Eileen Connor aka CDO's discussion Eileen's Lesson 44 Grapes & Morning Glories in the group Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory
"Thank you Henry, for all that great advice and the photoshopping. Yes, my composition was wild and…"
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Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Linda An, aka CIAO's discussion Linda's grape paintings in the group Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory
"Ah, such is the power of love :-)"
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Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Linda An, aka CIAO's discussion Linda's grape paintings in the group Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory
"Thanks for your feedback Henry & for reminding me of the Xu Wei poem. I remember you sharing it…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Linda An, aka CIAO's discussion Linda's grape paintings in the group Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory
"Linda, Xu Wei's grapes are "wild" grapes as expression of his artistic mood. His…"
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Dora Bamer replied to Dora Bamer's discussion Dora Bamer - Lesson 16 practice in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Thank you Shay. I think I still have a lot to learn :)"
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"Thank you Henry, that helps! I definitly have to go on practicing trees. :)"
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"Thank you, Rachael."
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Dora Bamer replied to Dora Bamer's discussion Dora Bamer - Lesson 16 practice in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Thank you, Gini. Actually, I'll have to check with Henry what type pf paper I use, because all…"
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Dora Bamer replied to Dora Bamer's discussion Dora Bamer - Bamboo and panda practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Thank you. The best thing is that my three years old son also appreciates this one. :)"
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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.

$20.00/Month
$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:

$20.00/Month
$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

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."

 

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About

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.

Forum

Dry mounting

Started by Holger van de Vijver in Dry or Wet Mounting. Last reply by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH on Tuesday. 109 Replies

YT on Dry mounting by Henry:http://youtu.be/JzNeR6mf2Gghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qs33QAmOjs&feature=relmfu…Continue

How to print PDF handouts?

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in Other. Last reply by linda nystrom Jul 20. 1 Reply

Pdf format makes it easy for your instructor to take his/her original document and offer it to you to download to your own computer. When you go to print your pdf documents, you will need to click your "print" button, and make sure that you set your…Continue

Chinese brush painting on screens - questions.

Started by Donna Lamour in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Donna Lamour Jul 19. 4 Replies

This past year I've been designing, in my mind's eye, screens made with wood or bamboo frames and with my paintings on silk in the center. The frames can easily be made by my son, who designs and creates wood furniture, but I wonder how I can…Continue

CBP Books

Started by Gini Newcomb aka CLO in Chinese Painting Books, Videos and DVDs. Last reply by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH Jul 12. 29 Replies

Please add your favorite CBP books to this discussion.A really good one I purchased used on amazon.com is "Between Two Cultures: Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan…Continue

Blog Posts

sumi-e newsletter

Posted by Linda An, aka CIAO on July 16, 2015 at 12:25pm 10 Comments

I really enjoyed seeing the paintings in this newsletter.There is also a tribute to William Preston, a New Mexico sumi artist who passed away in June. Some…

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"Spring + River + Flowers + Moon + Night" music painting

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on June 13, 2015 at 11:30pm 8 Comments

Here is a music painting performance Victoria and I did last night at her high school classmates reunion.…

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A Sketch Tour of Hudson River School Landscape Painting Exhibition at LACMA

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on May 14, 2015 at 12:30am 2 Comments

A Chinese friend of mine is a big fan of the HRS painters and he suggested me to study their grand landscape paintings of America. After seeing 45 masterpieces at a special exhibition at LACMA last weekend I fall in love with HRS artists myself.…

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