In this course, you'll learn:

Peony is the “King of Flowers” that represents prosperity and good fortune in many Asian cultures. Learn how to paint peonies in boneless strokes with Joan Lok.

  • Anatomy of a Tree Peony

  • Separate sessions on painting Peony petals, leaves, buds, herbaceous and woody stems

  • Special lesson on preparing light, medium and dark ink consistently

  • How to load the brush with multiple colors

This course includes:

Convert from my popular 1-day Boneless Peony workshop

  • 4 start-to-finish demonstrations of painting Peony in Boneless strokes

  • Over 4½ hours of instruction with 29 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable artwork images and supply list

Welcome and Content Preview Video

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Anatomy and Strokes for Peony

    • Anatomy of a Peony

    • Peony Petal Arrangement

    • Preparing Opaque White for Petals

    • Strokes for Peony Petals (Boneless) - Part 1

    • Strokes for Peony Petals (Boneless) - Part 2

    • Peony Carpels and Stamen

    • Loading Green for Flower Buds

    • Peony Buds

    • Loading Blue and Ink for Leaves

    • Peony Leaf Arrangement

    • Strokes for Peony Leaves (Boneless)

    • Leaf Veins

    • Peony New Growth, Herbaceous and Woody Stems

  • 3

    Demo 1 - First Peony (All Together Now)

    • First Peony

    • Review of First Peony, and Discussion Space for Artists

  • 4

    Demo 2 - Sumi-e Peony (Ink Only)

    • Preparing Light-Medium-Dark Ink

    • Sumi-e Peony

    • Review of Sumi-e Peony, and - Discussion Space for Artists

  • 5

    Demo 3 - Pink Peonies and Bamboo

    • Pink Peonies and Bamboo - Part 1 (Flowers)

    • Pink Peonies and Bamboo - Part 2 (Leaves, Veins, and Bamboo)

    • Review of Pink Peonies and Bamboo, and Discussion Space for Artists

  • 6

    Demo 4 - Red Peonies and Rock

    • Red Peonies and Rock - Part 1 (Flowers)

    • Red Peonies and Rock - Part 2 (Leaves, Bud, and Veins)

    • Red Peonies and Rock - Part 3 (Rock and Wash)

    • Review of Red Peonies and Rock and Discussion Space for Artists

  • 7


    • Inspiration

    • Wrap-Up and Discussion Space for Artists

Bonus Support

Extra resources for enrolled students

  • Online Access

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

  • Zoom Chat

    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 courses 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 course?kshop?

    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 online 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 Zoom Chat for enrolled students?

    It is currently on the second Saturday of even month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct & Dec) at 2 pm (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 course 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 25 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 Maryland, USA.