In this workshop, you'll learn:

Sumi-e Landscape requires fundamental brushworks different from those for flowers and birds paintings. Want to strengthen your sumi-e landscape with textural brush strokes, dots and washes? This workshop is for you.

  • Step-by-step sequence to develop mountains and rocks

  • Nine different textural brushwork essential to landscape

  • Apply ink and colors in gradual layers of wash

  • How to practice to create mountains and rocks

This workshop includes:

Convert from my 2-day landscape workshop

  • 5 key fundamental brushworks for landscape

  • 2 Start-to-Finish demonstrations on creating landscape from reference photos and imagination

  • 4 hours of instruction with 21 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

Watch Intro Video

Mountains & Rocks Workshop Content Review

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Fundamental Brushwork for Mountains and Rocks

    • Five Fundamentals & Reference Photos

    • Drawing Outlines

    • Different Kinds of Textural Brushwork

    • Rub and Dots

    • Wash in Ink and Colors

  • 3

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    • How I Practice

  • 4

    Demo 1 - Spain Sumi-e Landscape in a Limited Palette

    • Spain in Sumi-e - Part 1 Ink Work

    • Spain in Sumi-e - Part 2 Ink Work

    • Spain in Sumi-e - Part 3 Clouds

    • Spain in Sumi-e - Part 4 Color

    • Review

  • 5

    Demo 2 - Creative/Imaginary Landscape in a Colorful Palette

    • Peninsula - Part 1 Ink Work

    • Peninsula - Part 2 Ink Work

    • Peninsula - Part 3 Shadow Wash

    • Peninsula - Part 4 Color Wash

    • Peninsula - Part 5 Final Refinement

    • Review

  • 6


    • Inspiratons

    • Wrap Up

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.