Supply List

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

Unsized rice paper - I like using double Xuan, Ma or Pi but any unsized ice paper will work; Sumi-e ink; Watercolors – Indigo, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umbra, Cadmium Yellow Light, also your favorite yellow/orange/red tones for the daylily; Brushes – Medium Combination (long flow or orchid bamboo) for the flower, Small Fine (leaf vein) for the details, Large Hard (Mountain Horse) for texture on leaves; Small dishes for ink and colors, Water container; Felt (to protect your table.)

Bonus Support

Extra resources

  • Workshop Recording

    Online access of workshop recording for two month from enrollment

  • Zoom Chat

    Invitation to virtual meetings of Q&A with Joan.

  • 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 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 second Saturdays. 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.