In this course, you'll learn:

Celebrate the holidays with poinsettia in expressive brushwork. Create fine artwork and holiday cards for family and friends. Paint this joyous plant for a happy winter season.

  • Botanical anatomy of a Poinsettia

  • Special sessions on a unique stroke to create foolproof petals and leaves

  • Two-color background wash with dark-to-light gradation

  • Use gouache to create effect of snow and dew

This course includes:

Convert from my popular Poinsettia workshop for the holidays

  • 6 Start-to-Finish Poinsettia painting demonstrations

  • Bonus sessions on painting holly and pine to complete overall design

  • Over 5 hours of instruction with 31 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

Watch Intro Video

Welcome & Content Review

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Strokes for Different Parts of a Poinsettia

    • Anatomy of a Poinsettia

    • Colored Leaves Arrangement

    • Stroke for Leaves/Colored Leaves in Sumi-e Ink

    • Stroke for Colored Leaves in Red

    • Stroke for Leaves in Blue/Green and Sumi-e Ink

    • Veins for a Poinsettia Leaf

    • Stalk and Cyathium (Flower)of a Poinsettia

  • 3

    Demo 1 - First Poinsettia

    • First Poinsettia

    • Review of First Poinsettia

  • 4

    Demo 2 - Two Classic Red Poinsettias

    • Two Classic Red Poinsettias

    • Review of Two Classic Red Poinsettias

  • 5

    Demo 3 - White Poinsettias and Hollies

    • Painting the White Poinsettias

    • Bonus - Holly Berries and Leaves

    • Adding Hollies

    • Review of White Poinsettias and Hollies

  • 6

    Demo 4 - Poinsettias in the Snow

    • Painting the Red Poinsettias

    • Background Wash in Two Colors

    • Adding the Snow

    • Review of Poinsettias in the Snow

  • 7

    Demo 5 - Holiday Wreath

    • Holiday Wreath - Part 1

    • Holiday Wreath - Part 2

    • Holiday Wreath - Part 3

    • Adding Holiday Messages

    • Review - Holiday Wreath

  • 8

    Demo 6 - Glorious Poinsettias

    • Glorious Poinsettia - Part 1

    • Glorious Poinsettia - Part 2

    • Review - Glorious Poinsettias

  • 9


    • Inspirations

    • Poinsettia Wrap Up, 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 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 course?

    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 second Saturday of each month 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 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.