Supply List

Sized rice paper for the best results; Sumi-e ink; Watercolors – Stone Green, Stone Blue, Burnt Sienna, Indigo; Brushes – Fine Line brush for lines, Small and Medium old brushes for shading, Small Soft Hair brushes for color application; Small dishes/plates or a palette; paper towel, water container; hairdryer to speed up drying during the demo; felt (to protect your table.)

Bonus Support

Extra resources for enrolled artists

  • Workshop Recording

    Online access to workshop recording for 2 month from enrollment.

  • Zoom Chat

    Invitation to informative Zoom Q&A with Joan and fellow artists.

  • Coursework Critique

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


  • Can you tell me more about mailing me the sized rice paper?

    Yes. Artists unfamiliar with the Gongbi technique usually don't have sized rice paper. To ensure you will have the best learning experience, I will mail you three pieces of 8.5"x11" (approximate size) silver glider sized rice paper. After you have registered, please email and confirm your mailing address with me. I will mail the sized rice paper folded in a standard envelope to you using USPS first class postage.

  • How do I sign up?

    Click on "Register" button. Enter your email address and set up a password. On the checkout page, enter your credit card to purchase the workshop. That's all.

  • Is the LIVE Workshop recorded?

    Yes, I will post the recording shortly after the workshop for a month. You can watch it from the "Dashboard" after you sign in with your email and password.

  • I heard about your popular Zoom Chat, will I be invited?

    Yes, as an enrollee of my LIVE Workshop, you will be invited to join my Zoom Chat twice after the LIVE Workshop. It is a monthly 40-minute Zoom meeting currently on the first or second Saturdays from 1 pm (ET.) I send the link about a week in advance.

  • Do you offer private or group workshops?

    I offer private or group workshops in-person and via Zoom, and will customize topics for you. I welcome inquiries from art clubs, libraries and schools. Please email me.

  • Can I share my log-in?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! I aim to keep the online course and workshops affordable. Login-sharing is prohibited. 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.

Meet Joan

Joan Lok

I have been teaching sumi-e workshops for over 30 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 Florida, USA.

Keep Strengthening Your Painting Skills

Paint along with Joan every month!