Supply List

If you paint sumi-e, you likely have all the supplies you will need.

Use unsized rice paper for the crinkle. Double Shuen, Ma and Pi all work. You can also use Masa if you have it (Masa is good for a "crispier" look for rocks but regular rice paper will do as well.) Avoid very thin rice paper as you may break it during the process. Watercolors – Sumi-e ink, indigo (and shades of blue or purple if you like shading with a bluish tone), any green and brown tone for rocks (yellow ochre, raw umbra, burnt sienna, green tone; White Gouache (optional); Brushes – Old brushes of various sizes, have a small/fine one for branches and tree trunks; Small dishes for ink and colors, Hairdryer, Spray bottle, Paper towel, Water container; Felt (to protect your table).

Bonus Support

Extra resources for enrolled artists

  • Workshop Recording

    Online access to workshop recording for three month after the workshop.

  • Zoom Chat

    Two virtual meetings of Q&A with Joan and fellow artists.

  • Coursework Critique

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


  • How do I sign up?

    Click on "Register Today" 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 active enrollee of my LIVE Workshop, you will be invited to join my Zoom Chat after the LIVE Workshop. It is a 40-minute Zoom meeting currently on the second Saturdays from 11 am (ET) every or every other month. 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.

Keep Strengthening Your Painting Skills

Paint along with Joan every month!

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.