In this workshop, you'll learn:

Want to capture the playful movement of goldfish with vivid brushwork? This workshop is for you. Joan Lok will show you her multiple ways of painting goldfish.

  • Paint beautiful goldfish tail fins in bold strokes

  • Capture goldfish in only Sumi-e ink or lots of colors

  • Enhance the goldfish’s curvy body with scales

  • Add aquatic plants to intensify the underwater setting

This workshop includes:

Convert from my popular Goldfish workshop

  • 7 start-to-finish goldfish demonstrations

  • A thorough goldfish anatomy for accurate fin placement

  • 2½ hours of instruction with 25 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

Watch Intro Video

Goldfish Workshop Content Review

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Different Part of a Goldfish

    • Anatomy and Reference Photos

    • Fins and Tail Fin

    • Scales

    • View of a Goldfish from Above

  • 3

    Aquatic Plants for the Background

    • Different kinds of Aquatic Plants

  • 4

    Demo 1 - Two Goldfish in Ink Only

    • Two Goldfish in Ink Only

    • Review

  • 5

    Demo 2 - Three Red Goldfish & Hornworts

    • Three Red Goldfish

    • Hornwort Background

    • Review

  • 6

    Demo 3 & 4 - Red Cap Oranda Goldfish Two Ways

    • Red Cap Oranda Goldfish - The Simple Way

    • Red Cap Oranda Goldfish - The Elaborate Way Part 1

    • Red Cap Oranda Goldfish - The Elaborate Way Part 2

    • Review of Demo 3 & 4

  • 7

    Demo 5 & 6 - Telescope Goldfish Two Ways

    • Telescope Goldfish on a Fan

    • Telescope Goldfish with scale details

    • Review of Demo 5 & 6

  • 8

    Demo 7 - Goldfish Chasing Petals in Lingnan School

    • Goldfish Chasing Petals Part 1

    • Goldfish Chasing Petals Part 2

    • Goldfish Chasing Petals Part 3

    • Goldfish Chasing Petals Part 4

    • Review

    • Workshop Wrapup

Bonus Support

Extra resources for enrolled students

  • Online Access

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

  • Zoom Meeting

    Monthly virtual meetings of Q&A with Joan and fellow students with active enrollment.

  • Coursework Critique

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


  • What tools will I need?

    All workshops 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 workshop?

    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 monthly chat for enrolled students?

    It is currently on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am (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.

Meet Joan

Joan Lok

I have been teaching sumi-e workshops for over 20 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 America 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.