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 53 Poinsettias and French Elpes

Lesson 53 Poinsettias and French Elps

This live workshop was recorded in France last Christmas(2016) with 20 students from all over Europe. It was a very heartwarming experience and we would like to share with everybody in our Chinese brush painting community. You will learn how to paint poinsettias and a snowy French Elps with step-by-step demonstrations in both English and French. You might have wondered, can we paint such Western plant and scenery in CBP? Oui, trop facile. S'il vous plaît me suivre(Yes, too easy. Please follow me). 

Latest Activity

Ritu Khanna replied to Gini Newcomb aka CLO's discussion CBP Books
"Chinese Watercolour Painting-The Four Seasons by Leslie Tseng-Tseng Yu A beautiful book that is…"
3 hours ago
Wynne Keller replied to Karine Hirsch's discussion Karine lesson 4 practices in the group Lesson 4: Landscapes
"Karine, I like the freedom of expression in your paintings, but I feel there is too much sameness…"
9 hours ago
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"This is another painting that I worked on with my teacher on the coast. She suggested more lower…"
9 hours ago
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Here is the workover version of the painting above. I have cropped the bottom rocks, added pale…"
9 hours ago
Michelle Paquette is now a member of Chinese Brush Painting Class with Henry Li
12 hours ago
Karine Hirsch replied to Karine Hirsch's discussion Karine lesson 4 practices in the group Lesson 4: Landscapes
"the third one..."
23 hours ago
Ritu Khanna commented on Ritu Khanna's blog post Studying CBP with George Rowley
"Hey Mila  Thanks for stopping by:)"
yesterday
Karine Hirsch replied to Karine Hirsch's discussion Karine lesson 4 practices in the group Lesson 4: Landscapes
"hello Mila  it is very nice to have your look on my work!!! chinise painting is such a great…"
yesterday
mila martin lopez favorited Ritu Khanna's blog post Studying CBP with George Rowley
yesterday
mila martin lopez replied to Ruth Brandon's discussion Ruth's lesson 10 practices in the group Lesson 10 Lotus and Frogs
"Ruth I like a lot your frogs,  and very funny too...."
yesterday
mila martin lopez replied to Karine Hirsch's discussion Karine lesson 4 practices in the group Lesson 4: Landscapes
"Hello Karine, very well, I think I prefer the second one, it has something special. But I like very…"
yesterday
Gini Newcomb aka CLO replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Maulevrier japonese garden
"Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience! I especially like the warmth and graceful curves of…"
yesterday
Karine Hirsch added a discussion to the group Lesson 4: Landscapes
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Karine lesson 4 practices

Hello Henry and all classmatesthose are my first tryes with landscape. I'm waiting comment to go on…See More
yesterday
Ruth Brandon joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting

A Chinese art student does not learn how to paint by going out and superficially copying the…See More
Sunday
Ruth Brandon replied to Ruth Brandon's discussion Ruth's lesson 10 practices in the group Lesson 10 Lotus and Frogs
"Thank you Linda!"
Saturday
Sunny Braun is now a member of Chinese Brush Painting Class with Henry Li
Saturday
Ritu Khanna replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Wynne Thanks a tonne. I understand better now and also why I have been messing up. This also helps…"
Saturday
Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Ruth Brandon's discussion Ruth's lesson 10 practices in the group Lesson 10 Lotus and Frogs
"Ruth, I completely agree with Ozara!"
Saturday
Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Maulevrier japonese garden
"Wonderful photos Ozara, clearly from your artist's eye. They are all great but I am…"
Saturday
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Thanks for your comments, Linda An. Glad the driftwood fix was not obvious. I have started a new…"
Friday
 

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: 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

CBP Books

Started by Gini Newcomb aka CLO in Chinese Painting Books, Videos and DVDs. Last reply by Ritu Khanna 3 hours ago. 40 Replies

Please add your favorite CBP books to this discussion.A really good one I purchased used on amazon.com is "Between Two Cultures: Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan…Continue

Maulevrier japonese garden

Started by Ozara aka SOL in Sources of Inspiration. Last reply by Gini Newcomb aka CLO yesterday. 8 Replies

Though I miss time these days (sorry I do not comment on the class), as promised here is a selection of  photos of my trip at Maulevrier (near Cholet in France), it was a happy moment of contemplating and sketching, I keep all moments alive in my…Continue

Soke Massaki Hatsumi explains why he paints

Started by Brady Hansen in Ancient Masters & Contemporary Artists. Last reply by Ritu Khanna Apr 6. 1 Reply

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEytE78rqRQI thought this would be appreciated by the artists here. This man is the grandmaster of one of the arts I study.  Bujinkan Budo Ninpo Taijutsu.Continue

Ideas about new classes

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in Chinese Painting Theory. Last reply by Jean Pieper aka IPO Apr 6. 57 Replies

I have been working on a couple of new classes but it really become more and more difficult as I feel I did not have much new things to offer even though we are painting new subject matters. Swan or wild geese are actually not far from birds,…Continue

Blog Posts

Objective v/s Subjective Art

Posted by Ritu Khanna on April 1, 2017 at 1:29am 0 Comments

Many years back I became a member of a mystery school called 'The Fourth Way' for about six months. A group of people working with a Spiritual Master on the principals of an ancient Russian Mystic George Gurdjieff. It is in this group that I…

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Banana tree in my backyard with Cappy

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on March 5, 2017 at 12:19am 5 Comments

Can CBP paint shadows? Here is my…

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Into The Master's Vision

Posted by Ritu Khanna on March 1, 2017 at 2:30am 17 Comments

All that is, is divided into yin and yang, the feminine and the masculine. It is so with the heart too though the heart is considered yin when opposed to the mind which is yang. Yet, there are two ways  of  coming into heart intelligence. It is…

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Studying CBP with George Rowley

Posted by Ritu Khanna on February 21, 2017 at 8:20pm 9 Comments

George Rowley's intellectual prowess runs through his book 'Principles Of Chinese Painting'. The book follows two threads, a consistent comparison of CBP with western schools of painting and drawing learnings from the Taoist mystical path, as a…

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