In this workshop, you'll learn:

Po Mo is an ancient Chinese technique of applying sumi-e ink on rice paper. If you want to start your landscape more freely with forms unconfined by an outline? This workshop is for you.

  • How to apply ink on rice paper to create the initial forms

  • How to refine ink marks into cliffs and mountains

  • Apply ink wash for fog, mist, sky and water

  • Add details to enhance the scale of the landscape

This workshop includes:

Converted from my popular 2-day Po Mo - Splash Ink workshop

  • 3 Start-to-Finish Po Mo demonstrations of classic sumi-e landscape

  • 1 Start-to-Finish Po Mo demonstration of landscape in western colors and composition

  • Over 3 hours of instruction with 21 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

Enroll Now at $35 (a 17% Discount)

Before it becomes $42 on December 1, 2020

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Welcome and Content Review

Course curriculum

Click to see what's in each chapter

  • 1


  • 2

    Initial Po Mo

    • Set Up and Initial Po Mo of all Demos

    • Demo Artwork Images

  • 3

    Demo 1 - Ink Cliff

    • Ink Cliff - Part 2

    • Ink Cliff - Part 3

    • Ink Cliff - Part 4 (Details with Boat)

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Ink Cliff

  • 4

    Demo 2 - Green Gorge

    • Green Gorge - Part 2

    • Green Gorge - Part 3

    • Green Gorge - Part 4

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Green Gorge

  • 5

    Demo 3 - Autumn Waterfall

    • Autumn Waterfall - Part 2

    • Autumn Waterfall - Part 3

    • Autumn Waterfall - Part 4

    • Autumn Waterfall - Part 5

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Autumn Waterfall

  • 6

    Demo 4 - Ink Rapids

    • Ink Rapids - Part 2

    • Ink Rapids - Part 3

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Ink Rapids

  • 7


    • Po Mo with Ink Landscape Inspiration

    • Workshop Wrap Up

    • Survey - Po Mo - Splash Ink on Rice Paper


What people are saying about this course

5 star rating

Po Mo

Judy Giguere

I just started the course. I love the detail that is presented in specifics but also in such a way that its easy to follow. Your voice is pleasing and clea...

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I just started the course. I love the detail that is presented in specifics but also in such a way that its easy to follow. Your voice is pleasing and clear. The course follows a path that lines up perfectly with a direct result. Great work! I give it 5 stars!

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5 star rating

PoMo Landscape on Rice Paper - Ink only


Excellent instruction w/clear detail of materials and brushes. Great tips for loading the brush and brush choice and to do the washes. Excellent instructio...

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Excellent instruction w/clear detail of materials and brushes. Great tips for loading the brush and brush choice and to do the washes. Excellent instruction approach to creating composition. Would prefer Joan names the brand and exact color she is using in painting.

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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?

    Practice along is the key. I recommend gathering your supplies after getting 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 were attending an in-person workshop with me. We stop frequently for hands-on practice to deepen our understanding. It is more productive than passively watching the whole course from start to finish.

  • 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, you can pick which course you want to work on when you login.

  • 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.