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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

Snowscape Lesson

Lesson 39 Goats

It is time to paint goats to welcome 2015, year of the Goat! This lesson includes three painting projects. First, Henry shows you how to do a colorful Sanyang Kaitai painting with three goats to symbolize an auspicious beginning of the new year; second, Datong Xu demonstrates a painting called Xi Yangyang wishing your coming new year be filled with joy, with two goats and a magpie in pure sumi style; and finally, watch how Henry turns an accidental ink blob into a running goat which will bring you good luck in the coming year!

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Moris aka Pulco replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Online Chinese Calligraphy Tools in the group Basic Chinese Calligraphy with Victoria
"There is a tool :  pablo software (Chinese English Dictionary and more) very complete. This is…"
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Moris aka Pulco replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris Lesson 39 painting goat in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Thank you Henry, the composition is beautiful, yes that's what I wanted to write, I'll…"
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Nina Darga replied to Nina Darga's discussion Nina Darga Lesson 1 Orchid practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Thank you Henry. I had trouble with the dark stripes that were not the way I wanted them. I'll…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Nina Darga's discussion Nina Darga Lesson 1 Orchid practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Nina, The second heron is my favorite.  The baby chicks' body could be rounder and the…"
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Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears

Video Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears Video Class and Critiques with Henry LiSee More
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Nina Darga Lesson 2 practice

Here are two of my plum blossoms. Hopefully, if I keep working on them, they will get better.See More
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Nina Darga replied to Nina Darga's discussion Nina Darga Lesson 1 Orchid practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Here are my babby chicks and herons. They still need a lot of practice."
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris Lesson 39 painting goat in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Moris, thanks for sharing the photo. The brown goat looks like a small ox. I like the triangular…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Martin Kleinsman's discussion Martin's Lesson 38 in the group Lesson 38 Columbia River Gorge
"Martin, your waterfall contributions are very appreciated! #1 and #2 look like Lingnan master Ao…"
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Lesson 15 Fruits and Veggies ACEO/Etegami

This class is focused on the subject of fruits and veggies, which comes in two sections:1) A plein…See More
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Moris aka Pulco replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris Lesson 39 painting goat in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Merci Yvonne, j'ai beaucoup apprécié ta peinture sur  le papier journal…"
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yvonne bouffanais aka AMA replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris Lesson 39 painting goat in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"I love this one  Moris !"
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Moris aka Pulco replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris Lesson 39 painting goat in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Hello, last 2 paintings goat. Inspired by this picture. I do not know if with an additional seal…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris lesson 25 Southern Song D. Landscape in the group Lesson 25 Southern Song Dynasty Landscape
"Very nice! The surface texture shaping stroke could be a little dryer which are different than…"
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"Thank you Teacher! My bad English...Transparency is exactly I wanted to achieve- that way you can…"
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"I like the transparent background better you have got better than mat. "
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"Linda, the alum is good for snow and ice but not for white plum blossoms. I have only seen alum…"
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Moris aka Pulco replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Moris lesson 25 Southern Song D. Landscape in the group Lesson 25 Southern Song Dynasty Landscape
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Holger van de Vijver replied to Martin Kleinsman's discussion Martin's Lesson 38 in the group Lesson 38 Columbia River Gorge
"Like the first one a lot Martin, vey good paintings."
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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: I don't have a Paypal account and don't want to open a new Paypal account, how do I pay?

A: Paypal is integrated with this network and it is a very secure and convenient way to get instant access to the classes. Please contact Henry Li if you have any problem with signing up or prefer a different payment method.

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

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.

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Master Xu's brush making art and how to fix a broken loop.

Started by Holger van de Vijver in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH yesterday. 8 Replies

I took some videos in Nanjing of Master Xu Laosan making brush and here is a tip on how to replacing the missing hanging string on brush handle.Hope you like.Continue

Henry and Victoria's Trip to China Nov 2-15, 2014

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in World Travels and Live Workshops. Last reply by Wynne Keller yesterday. 102 Replies

Hello everyone! We just had a wonderful trip to Nanjing. My father just returned from a 140 days stay in the hospital. He was so very happy to reunite with my mother and the family at home celebrating his 92nd birthday.…Continue

Xuan Paper Making

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Henry Li aka HEART on Sunday. 8 Replies

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About Rice Paper

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Henry Li aka HEART on Sunday. 38 Replies

Q: About rice paper or mulberry paper, is there a “right” side to use for painting?A:Yes, generally speaking, the smooth side is the "right" side. You can tell which side is smoother, by touching and looking against light. I would always use the…Continue

Blog Posts

Winter Landscape: a poetic challenge joint lesson with Victoria's calligraphy and Henry's Painting

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on January 15, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

This is a joint lesson with Henry and Victoria Li. First, Victoria would write a poetic challenge in standard and cursive style calligraphy. Then, Henry wwould do a painting to meet the challenge. The subject matter that Victoria gave in this…

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Always Colorful Spring: a new joint lesson on Chinese calligraphy and painting

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on January 10, 2015 at 4:10pm 0 Comments

Join us now in Victoria's calligraphy class!…

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Peach of Longevity

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on January 5, 2015 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

Peach of Longevity: In Chinese mythology the peach of longevity grown in the garden of of Queen Mother of the West(西王母). They bloom once per 3000 years and fruit once every 3000 years, so they are fruit of longevity, representing the fulfillment…

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An brief intro to CBP materials for beginners

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on January 1, 2015 at 12:21pm 0 Comments

I recorded this introduction to brushes and paper in a live workshop on December 6th, 2014. Hope it is helpful to all beginners.…

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