In this course, you'll learn:

Amaryllis is a symbol of success, career promotion and academic achievement as the bright red flowers are always at the top of the plant.

  • Anatomy of Amaryllis

  • Separate sessions on painting Amaryllis petals, leaves, buds, and bulbs

  • How to load the brush with multiple colors

  • How to paint a simple butterfly, and add a moon background

This course includes:

Convert from my popular Amaryllis workshop

  • 6 start-to-finish demonstrations of painting Amaryllis

  • 5 hours of instruction with 37 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable artwork images and supply list

Welcome and Content Preview Video

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Structure and Brushwork of Amaryllis

    • Anatomy of Amaryllis

    • Amaryllis - Petal Arrrangement

    • Amaryllis - Petal Strokes 1

    • Amaryllis - Petal Strokes 2

    • Amaryllis - Petal Strokes 3

    • Amaryllis - Carpel and Stamen

    • Amaryllis - Buds and Stem Structure

    • Amaryllis - Leaf and Flower Buds Strokes

  • 3

    Demo 1 - Single Bloom Amaryllis (All Together Now)

    • Single Bloom Amaryllis

    • Review of Single Bloom Amaryllis, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 4

    Demo 2 - Red Amaryllis

    • Red Amaryllis - Part 1

    • Review of Red Amaryllis, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 5

    Demo 3 - Pink Ladies (Using of Opaque White for Petals)

    • How to Prepare Opaque White and Load the Brush to Paint Petals

    • Pink Ladies - Flowers - Part 1

    • Pink Ladies - Leaves - Part 2

    • Pink Ladies - Carpel and Stamen - Part 3

    • Review of Amaryllis Pink Ladies, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 6

    Demo 4 - Amaryllis and Butterfly

    • Amaryllis and Butterfly - Flowers

    • Amaryllis and Butterfly - Leave

    • Amaryllis and Butterful - Carpel and Stamen

    • Amaryllis and Butterfly - Butterfly - Part 1

    • Amaryllis and Butterfly - Butterfly - Part 2

    • Review of Amaryllis and Butterfly, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 7

    Demo 5 - Amaryllis in Moonlight

    • Amaryllis in Moonlight - Flowers and Leaves

    • Amaryllis in Moonlight - Carpel and Stamen

    • Amaryllis in Moonlight - Composition - How to Determine the Placement of a Moon

    • Amaryllis in Moonlight - Background Wash to Create the Moon

    • Amaryllis in Moonlight - Completing the Moon with White

    • Review of Amaryllis in Moonlight, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 8

    Demo 6 - Amaryllis San Leaves

    • Amaryllis San Leaves - Part 1

    • Amaryllis San Leaves - Part 2

    • Amaryllis San Leaves - Carpel and Stamen - Part 3

    • Review of Amaryllis San Leaves, Discussion Space for Artists

  • 9


    • Inspiration

    • Wrap Up and Group Discussion for Artists


  • What tools will I need?

    All coursess include a downloadable supply list. If you practice sumi-e or watercolor, you'll likely have all or most of the supplies.

  • When and how often can I access the course?

    Once you enroll, you can access all the lessons as often as you want for two years.

  • What's the best way to learn with the course?

    Practicing along is the key to learn. I recommend gathering your supplies after seeing the supply list. Watch the videos in the order of the chapters. When a video stops, work on your artwork following the steps I just described for as long as you want. Go back to the course when you are ready. Re-watch any lessons you like. Take the course as if you are attending an in-person workshop with me. We have lots of time to practice. You will understand the technique more with frequent practices than just by watching the whole course from start to finish in one seating.

  • When is the Zoom Chat for enrolled students?

    It is currently on the second Saturday on even months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec) at 2 pm (U.S. eastern time zone) for 30 minutes via Zoom. I will email all enrolled students a week before with the link, meeting ID and Passcode. New students will be invited as well. Private/customized live chat can be arranged with a group of students as long as every attendee is individually enrolled.

  • Do you offer private or group workshops?

    I offer private or group workshops in-person and via virtual meetings. Please email me.

  • How do I enroll? How do I sign-in again?

    Click on any "Get started today" buttons . You will create an account with your email and add a password. You pay online with a credit card. The Thank you/Confirmation email will give you a link to the course to start right away. You can stop at any time. When you want to start again, go to and click on Online Workshop. Sign-in on the top menu with your email and password. The system will remember where you stopped and will ask if you would like to continue where you left off, or start elsewhere. It is that smart. If you enroll in multiple courses, when you login, you can pick which course you want to work on.

  • Can I share my log-in?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! I aim to keep the online workshop affordable, especially now when we practice social-distancing. Login-sharing is prohibited to sustain the high maintenance cost of the online system. I reserve the right to un-enroll individuals without refund for usage abuse, and will pursue all damages and loss revenue the action may have caused.

Bonus Support

Extra resources for enrolled students

  • Online Access

    Unlimited online access of course content for enrolled students for two years.

  • Zoom Chat

    Virtual meetings of Q&A with Joan and fellow students with active enrollment (Every other month in Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct & Dec.)

  • Coursework Critique

    Share up to three pieces of your artwork for Joan's comments and suggestions.

Meet Joan

Joan Lok

I have been teaching sumi-e workshops for over 25 years. My art is a fusion of old and new, east and west, and the balancing play of yin and yang (positive and negative forces) to link Asian tradition to an adventurous, modern viewpoint. I am excited to share my favorite way of using expressive brushwork with you. Joan served as the President of the Sumi-e Society of America for 10 years, and taught Asian American Arts at the University of Maryland. Her book "Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers" is a best-seller in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Dutch. Joan has received awards from art competitions in the United States, Canada, and Japan. She resides in Maryland, USA.