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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

New Calligraphy Class: Calligraphy Workshop with Victoria and SusanMarie

Lesson 42 Figure Painting with prof Luo Laiying

Eventually, here is our lesson on how to paint figures in Chinese brush painting! Our teacher is prof Luo Laiying, who is master Fu Baoshi's niece. Professor Luo is specialized in Fu Baoshi style figure painting, in which she combines the elegant lines of Fu Baoshi's classical figure painting with colorful Western washing techniques that she learned from her cousin Fu Xiaoshi, Fu's oldest son and a famous figure painter. This video lesson was recorded in Luo Laiying's art studio in Nanjing on March 9, 2015 with Leasha Harrison, your classmate from Australia.

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Yola de Lusenet replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"I found another bamboo that I quite like amongst all my exercises. I like this one because there is…"
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Stephen Dawson replied to Stephen Dawson's discussion Steve's Bamboo in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Thanks I will work on that I practice about 500 strokes each day on whatever paper that I can find.…"
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Yola de Lusenet replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Thank you Henry!"
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Yola de Lusenet replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Why does the painting suggest rain? Is it because the leaves are hanging down? I'm very glad…"
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Yola de Lusenet replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Thank you Wynne, you are right, the slight curves result from a misguided attempt at making the…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Stephen Dawson's discussion Steve's Bamboo in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Your individual strokes are getting better but as group they still need to improve. Try to do…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Stephen Dawson's discussion Steve's Bamboo in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"If you concentrate on the grouping of leaves, it is ok to have some imperfect strokes."
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"I like the curve of the main stalks in the second one which seems to overcome more pressure…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"Picture perfect. ★★★★★"
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Ondra aka SEAL replied to Ondra aka SEAL's discussion Ondra's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Henry, thank you for this editing.I think I will paint this cathedral in the future anyway, so I…"
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Wynne Keller replied to Yola de Lusenet's discussion Yola's Bamboo practice in the group Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
"I really like your bamboo leaves, they look so natural. The large stalks, though, in my opinion,…"
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Wynne Keller replied to SusanMarie aka PAA's discussion RED STAR PAPER
"SusanMarie, Thanks for your helpful reply and photo. When I search the Internet on this topic, I…"
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Eleanna Juri posted a discussion

Switching from practice paper to xuan - changing technique?

Hi allI have been thinking about papers. I find practice papers (grass, moonlight palace) very…See More
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Lesson 6: Rose, Wisteria and Cats

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Thomas Mohr aka 曾華 replied to Thomas Mohr aka 曾華's discussion Thomas' paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Except for the Yun technique it seems to be a bit like playing piano. There are slower and faster…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Thomas Mohr aka 曾華's discussion Thomas' paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Thomas, Yes, that's true that Tao Yuanming is the role model for all literati…"
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SusanMarie aka PAA replied to SusanMarie aka PAA's discussion RED STAR PAPER
"The painting"
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SusanMarie aka PAA replied to SusanMarie aka PAA's discussion RED STAR PAPER
"Hello Wynne, I have worked reflections for many years, this tree is gone, lake level has gone up 5…"
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SusanMarie aka PAA replied to SusanMarie aka PAA's discussion RED STAR PAPER
"Thank you Henry it looks great like you did it, will use this tinpractice the washes ans do anither…"
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Thomas Mohr aka 曾華 replied to Thomas Mohr aka 曾華's discussion Thomas' paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Thanks, Henry! I didn't know that Tao Yuanming actually wasn't able to play the Qin…"
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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

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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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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RED STAR PAPER

Started by SusanMarie aka PAA in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Wynne Keller 10 hours ago. 7 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

Tags: star, red

Switching from practice paper to xuan - changing technique?

Started by Eleanna Juri in Chinese Painting Materials 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi allI have been thinking about papers. I find practice papers (grass, moonlight palace) very convenient, not to mention economical. I'd like to switch to xuan at some point but people keep saying I will need to change my technique too. May I ask,…Continue

NW Plants & Mountains

Started by Thayne Tuason in Sources of Inspiration. Last reply by Thayne Tuason on Monday. 5 Replies

As a botanist (I study native plants!) living in the northwest I find nature endlessly fascinating. I've been a photographer for years and just recently took up watercolor and trying to learn Chinese Brush Painting. These are just some pictures I've…Continue

Tags: flowers, mountains, fruit trees

What's next?

Started by Linda in Introduce Yourself! May 21. 0 Replies

Hi HenryI have really enjoyed your classes and I often stop by to see if there is a new one ready.What plans do you have for the next class?I am hanging out for it as we say in Oz.:)Continue

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Blog Posts

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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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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