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.

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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Raul Angio replied to Raul Angio's discussion Lesson 8 .The Tree Gorges OF Yangtze River in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"Thank you Henry."
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Ozara, your double signature is very nice! "
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Ozara, so happy you are back and with such wonderful news.  May this love last forever.…"
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Eileen Connor aka CDO replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Ozara, these are all quite lovely! I like the stance of the pair in the first painting-nice job…"
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Mary McMillen replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Who is this lucky guy?"
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Mary McMillen replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Hi Ozara, Love your Cranes, Guess what? I just did Cranes this morning for my husband's…"
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Eileen Connor aka CDO replied to Martin Kleinsman's discussion Martin Lotus in the group Lesson 10 Lotus and Frogs
"Hi Martin, I haven't done this lesson yet, but would like to while summer is still with us! My…"
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Ozara aka SOL replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"This first one is already dry-mounted, on single xuan happy walk on sunset second one, quietness on…"
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Eileen Connor aka CDO replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Beautiful painting, Ozara! Nice to have you back and it so good to hear your true love…"
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Ozara aka SOL replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"  Hi everybody It is start of school year here so I decided to come back on the class and I…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 8 Gorge Landscape Class Assignments and Handouts in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"Sr Pamela, I was sketching."
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 8 Gorge Landscape Class Assignments and Handouts in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"Thanks for sharing. Are you reading or sketching???"
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Shay Wahl aka CSO's discussion Shay's Lesson 43 Wei Zixi in the group Lesson 43 Wei Zixi Style Landscape with Wei Li
"Shay, what a great job.  Inspires me to return to this.  I had to put it "on a…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Raul Angio's discussion Lesson 8 .The Tree Gorges OF Yangtze River in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"Very good sketch! "
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Shay Wahl aka CSO's discussion Shay's Lesson 39 Goats in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Love the color and composition."
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Raul Angio's discussion Lesson 8 .The Tree Gorges OF Yangtze River in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"You don't have to trace but you need to make sure the forms of the mountain and the water way…"
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Sr Pamela Clinton aka FAITH replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Wynn, here is the link:  http://www.janineibbotson.com She posts ensos infrequently; you can…"
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Henry Li aka HEART replied to Henry Li aka HEART's discussion Lesson 8 Gorge Landscape Class Assignments and Handouts in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"Hi everyone, I found these B&W photos from my cruise trip through the Yangtze river gorges in…"
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Shay Wahl aka CSO replied to Shay Wahl aka CSO's discussion Shay's Lesson 39 Goats in the group Lesson 39 Goats
"Henry, it just occurs to me that this "cute goat" was done in a similar way to Wei…"
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Raul Angio replied to Raul Angio's discussion Lesson 8 .The Tree Gorges OF Yangtze River in the group Lesson 8: Landscape - Three Gorges of Yangtze River
"This morning by the lake with "Nene""
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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

Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory

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

Traveling to Xi'an for 10 months to study

Started by Ryan Dirks in Introduce Yourself!. Last reply by Nina Darga 10 hours ago. 8 Replies

Hi Henry and fellow painters!  In a few days I'm moving to Xi'an to study Chinese for 10 months.  I was lucky to get a scholarship from Xi'an Jiaotong University (西安交通大学).  I will be studying language, literature, and hopefully some calligraphy and…Continue

Misty Lotus and Landscape Weorkshop in San Diego, Aug 11. 2015

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in World Travels and Live Workshops. Last reply by Henry Li aka HEART 13 hours ago. 11 Replies

with 30 people from the Lung Shiang Chapter of American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting, on Aug 11, 2015View Slideshow…Continue

Watercolor paints

Started by Wynne Keller in Chinese Painting Materials. Last reply by Wynne Keller on Sunday. 2 Replies

Has anyone used ShinHan Professional water colors? Will they stand up to wet mounting?Continue

Blog Posts

Yangguan Sandie 陽關三疊 or Three Variations at Yang Pass

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on August 24, 2015 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Today I recorded another Guqin music which I started to learn when I was in China this past spring in Nanjing when the willows just turned green.  …

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China In My Backyard

Posted by deni wilkerson on August 15, 2015 at 12:30pm 8 Comments

Hello everyone!

My name is deni wilkerson, some of my friends know me as deedi or dd.  I live in south central Utah and I would like to share some pictures of the area and terrain surrounding my home.  Although the climate is more…

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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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