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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 52 Zodiac Rooster

2017 will be the year of the rooster. There is an old Chinese saying "Plan your entire year in the spring, and plan your whole day in the morning." Well, the first part of this lesson was actually shot in the spring of 2016 in Nanjing, when I went back to China to select my old paintings for my 40-year retrospective,  with our guest artists Datong and Leasha. The second part was from the video recordings of workshops and demos during my artist residence at UWMC in Wausau, Wisconsin. I would like to thank Datong Xu,  Leasha Harrison,  art prof Diana Budde and her students at UWMC,  workshop participants at Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, WI for their inspirations and contributions to this lesson on the zodiac rooster.    

Latest Activity

Henry Li aka HEART replied to Brady Hansen's discussion Brady Hansen lesson 37 in the group Lesson 37 Eagles
"Sure, I would give you a Five in composition. The beak may be a little too cartoon like.  "
5 hours ago
Henry Li aka HEART replied to Brady Hansen's discussion Brady Hansen lesson 37 in the group Lesson 37 Eagles
"Brady, very nice elemental studies of eagle. "
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Brady Hansen replied to Brady Hansen's discussion Brady Hansen lesson 37 in the group Lesson 37 Eagles
"Assignment #2 Already did it, may as well turn it in for credit =) "
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James Puzar is now a member of Chinese Brush Painting Class with Henry Li
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Brady Hansen added a discussion to the group Lesson 37 Eagles
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Brady Hansen lesson 37

Assignment #1Not enough flying whites in the wings on these ones.…See More
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Ritu Khanna replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Out Of Lesson Practices
"Hibiscus practice 2....in this study I found it interesting to see the variation brought by colour!"
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Ritu Khanna replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Out Of Lesson Practices
"Hibiscus practice 1 in red..."
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Pamela's paintings. in the group Discussion Groups
"Sister Pamela, I don't see any extra space especially after your inscription."
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Pamela's paintings. in the group Discussion Groups
"Thank you Ozara."
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Pamela's paintings. in the group Discussion Groups
"Henry--I was wondering there was too much "white space"?"
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Chuck McGee replied to Chuck McGee's discussion Chuck's fishy fishy in the group Lesson 51 Bubble Eye and Oranda Goldfish
"Looks like fun, thanks Gregg. Will look into when I get a body of new work."
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Chuck McGee replied to Chuck McGee's discussion Chuck's fishy fishy in the group Lesson 51 Bubble Eye and Oranda Goldfish
"Ozara thank you so much. It was mounted on two layers of a much heavier sized masa paper. I've…"
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Mary Breshike was featured
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"Mary, welcome! Hope you have a wonderful learning experience! "
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BBC's documentary on Chinese Spring Festival

I will be going back to China for ten days from January 28 to Feb 9. Another reason I going is to…See More
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Brady Hansen favorited Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 37 Videos
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Pamela's paintings. in the group Discussion Groups
"Why trimming? I think 13"  is Ok.   "
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Ozara aka SOL replied to Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH's discussion Pamela's paintings. in the group Discussion Groups
"Sr Pamela, your narcissus are so beautiful !"
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Ozara aka SOL replied to Grisot Estelle's discussion Estelle Lesson 1 Practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Superbes hérons Estelle, je les aime tous ! les dégradés d'encre du…"
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"Exquisitely crafted paintings!"
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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

Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory

Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds

Lesson 46 Dogwood

Lesson 47 Waterfalls

Lesson 48 Portrait

Lesson 49 Zodiac Monkey

Lesson 50 Children Portraits

Lesson 51 Bubble Eye and Oranda Goldfish

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

Out Of Lesson Practices

Started by Ritu Khanna in Other. Last reply by Ritu Khanna 6 hours ago. 40 Replies

As suggested by Mr Li I will be adding my out of lesson practices here. The first is poinsettias.…Continue

Greetings

Started by Chuck McGee in Introduce Yourself!. Last reply by Chuck McGee 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi,I'm a recent addition to this community and am quite excited by the opportunities presented here. I've been retired a couple years (program evaluator in behavioral health) and have some experience with watercolor and ink. I've always been…Continue

RED STAR PAPER

Started by SusanMarie aka PAA in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Chuck McGee on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello everybody, Henry I want to start a discussion on Red Star paper.  Who has been using this paper?I just started this weekend.  I would like to post my results using alum with it, also an unfinished painting that I would like to drip ink or do…Continue

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Ink smearing by wet mounting

Started by Antoine Gammal aka CPA in Dry or Wet Mounting. Last reply by Chuck McGee on Tuesday. 29 Replies

Hi everyone,I add this discussion because of recently problems by wet mounting. I always used the traditional wet mounting process to mount my paintings on backpaper, with homemade wheat flour glue. I follow Henry's recipe.Several times, ink was…Continue

Blog Posts

iris photos

Posted by willow on January 4, 2017 at 8:41pm 1 Comment

I was getting ready to start on my iris practice for lesson 1  and wanted to find some iris photos.  Iris is are my fav flower and I ran across these photos that were so exceptional and i had never seen these colors.  thought you all might like…

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Susan Marie ACEO wishing tree

Posted by SusanMarie aka PAA on December 29, 2016 at 10:33am 0 Comments

 

This tree will be a permanent exhibit at my house and gift to people that buy something!  or pay for monthly classes.  Just like Henry does, I have a collection of Henry's ACEOs.

(The gifts are candles with painted matches to go…

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH on December 24, 2016 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

Wishing all in the class a Merry Christmas.  Henry I hope you and Victoria have the white Christmas you wished for in France.

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