Welcome

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.

Latest Activity

Lineah Barnett added a discussion to the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
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Panda practice

Not too grat it's hard to get the arms right!!!!
3 hours ago
Lineah Barnett joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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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
3 hours ago
Yola de Lusenet replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola de Lusenet 1st practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Henry, here are my herons. I did one more or less as the example, only a bit dark. I made many…"
6 hours ago
Yola de Lusenet replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Really great orchids and lovely chicks! You definitely know how to do this."
6 hours ago
John Shubuck is now a member of Chinese Brush Painting Class with Henry Li
7 hours ago
kayleen Horan replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Inspiring work, good tonal contrast......where did you learn caligraphy? Kayleen"
7 hours ago
Andrea Favret joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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Lesson 10 Lotus and Frogs

Lotus is one of the most painted subject matters other than the "four gentlemen" in Chinese brush…See More
9 hours ago
Andrea Favret joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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Lesson 9 Monkeys

In this 1:45 hour class Henry presented a in depth study of the subject of monkeys in Chinese brush…See More
9 hours ago
Linda An, aka CIAO commented on Henry Li aka HEART's blog post Henry's Photoblog from Nanjing 2015
"Beautiful photos & sketches. I've never seen a landscape/place like this! Really…"
10 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Love your last herons one ! calligraphy and signature missing ;-)"
10 hours ago
Ozara aka SOL commented on Henry Li aka HEART's blog post Henry's Photoblog from Nanjing 2015
"Very inspiring ! thanks !"
10 hours ago
Jean Pieper aka IPO replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Very nice work!"
11 hours ago
Adrienne K Falk joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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Lesson 30 Horses

Happy Horse Year! We will start the new year by painting horses - the symbol of success and…See More
14 hours ago
Henry Li aka HEART commented on Henry Li aka HEART's blog post Henry's Photoblog from Nanjing 2015
"Painting the spring landscape at the Mei Garden in Wuxi; Leasha worship the plum blossoms…"
16 hours ago
Moris aka Pulco replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Thank you all for your comments."
16 hours ago
Henry Li aka HEART replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Moris, it is interesting that you took lesson one afteryou have passed other lessons which might…"
17 hours ago
Doreen Bolnick replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Impressive practices! Looks like you have a lot of natural talent and are intuitive about your art.…"
17 hours ago
Wynne Keller replied to Moris aka Pulco's discussion Lesson1 Moris practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Nice work, I especially like those chicks and the orchid leaves have wonderful twists. "
18 hours ago
Moris aka Pulco replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola de Lusenet 1st practice in the group Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons
"Hello Yola, your paintings are very beautiful."
23 hours ago
Moris aka Pulco added a discussion to the group Lesson 41 Koi Pond
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Lesson 41 Moris

John, i appreciate your website and your photos are beautiful.…See More
23 hours ago
 

Members

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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About Rice Paper

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Henry Li aka HEART on Sunday. 41 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

Calligraphy books

Started by Wynne Keller in Poetry, Calligraphy and Seals on Thursday. 0 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

Henry in Nanjing, 2015

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in World Travels and Live Workshops. Last reply by Ozara aka SOL Feb 23. 5 Replies

Hi Everyone, I am here in Nanjing now with my parents at my brother's home after 24 hours on the way. Yesterday morning we took a few hours break from home care duties and went to the Plum Blossom Hill in the suburb of Nanjing. …Continue

Au Ho-Nien book

Started by Wynne Keller in Chinese Painting Books, Videos and DVDs. Last reply by Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH Feb 22. 8 Replies

I recently got interested in Au Ho-Nien when Henry used one of his waterfalls in lesson 38. I really liked his work when I looked at his paintings online, so I got a used copy of the book "Half a Century of Chinese Paintings by Au Ho-Nien" and it is…Continue

Blog Posts

Question/request re finger painting video

Posted by Linda An, aka CIAO on February 28, 2015 at 1:38pm 0 Comments

Posting this here too. Please see my question in my…

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Henry's Photoblog from Nanjing 2015

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on February 27, 2015 at 3:00pm 14 Comments

The internet connection to this class site has been unstable…

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Lesson 41 "Koi Fish Pond - from digital photograpy to CBP" is coming!

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on February 11, 2015 at 1:00am 3 Comments

In this unique lesson you will learn how to use digitally enhenced  photography as a helpful tool to paint Chinese brush painting. Jerry Berry has been a photographer for 45 yearsTianhua. In this live workshop koi he shares with us the trick how…

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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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