In this workshop, you'll learn:

Po Mo is an ancient Chinese technique of applying an abundant amount of colors to create organic marks that are refined (or left untouched) into artworks. Want to venture into colorful Po Mo but don’t know how to begin? This workshop is for you.

  • How to prepare colors and the painting surface

  • Use metallic paints and mat boards as alternatives if you cannot find metallic boards

  • Apply gold powder and sumi-e ink to refine an artwork

  • Reuse metallic boards to create new artwork

This workshop includes:

Convert from my popular 2-day Po Mo workshop

  • 9 Start-to-Finish Po Mo demonstrations on Japanese Shikishi boards in gold, silver, and rice paper

  • Almost 4 hours of instruction with 33 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

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Watch Intro Video

Welcome and Content Overview

Course curriculum

Click to see what's inside each chapter

  • 1


  • 2

    Color Preparation

    • Color Preparation

  • 3

    Demo 1 - Red on Gold

    • Cranes at Dawn - Initial Po Mo

    • Cranes at Dawn - Part 2

    • Cranes at Dawn - Part 3

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Cranes at Dawn

  • 4

    Demo 2 - Blue on Silver

    • Waves - Initial Po Mo

    • Reviw of Finished Artwork - Waves

  • 5

    Demo 3 - Green on Paper Board

    • Green Abstract - Initial Po Mo

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Green Abstract

  • 6

    Demo 4 - Primary Colors on Paper Board

    • Colorful Abstract - Initial Po Mo

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Colorful Abstract

  • 7

    Demo 5 & 6 - Preconceived Idea on Gold and Paper Boards

    • Wash for the Sky

    • Grand Canyon on Gold - Initial Po Mo

    • Grand Canyon on Paper Board - Initial Po Mo

    • Grand Canyon on Gold - Adding Gold Powder

    • Grand Canyon on Gold - Adding Sumi-e Ink

    • Review of Finished Artwork s - Grand Canyon on Gold and Paper Boards

  • 8

    Demo 7 - Sumie Ink on Gold

    • Gold Ink Landscape - Initial Po Mo

    • Gold Ink Landscape - Part 2

    • Gold Ink Landscape - Part 3

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Gold Ink Landscape

  • 9

    Demo 8 - Ink & Color on Matboard

    • Ink and Blue - Initial Po Mo

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Ink and Blue

  • 10

    Reuse of Metallic Boards

    • Reuse of Silver - Summer Park

    • Summer Park Refinement

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Summer Park

  • 11

    Presenting Po Mo Artworks

    • Edges and Frames

    • A Closer Look at Cleaning the Edges

  • 12


    • Po Mo Color Inspirations

    • Wrap Up

    • Joan Lok's Art Books

    • Survey - Po Mo - Splash Color on Metallic Boards

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.


What people are saying about this course

5 star rating

Po Mo - Splash Color on Metallic Boards

Judith Schutzman

Excellent instruction. Joan takes us step by step; the process is clear and manageable. I appreciate that she suggests mat board if we don't have all the s...

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Excellent instruction. Joan takes us step by step; the process is clear and manageable. I appreciate that she suggests mat board if we don't have all the supplies yet - I can't wait to jump in!

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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.