In this course, you'll learn:

Love to capture the beauty of flowers in expressive brushwork to add freshness to your art? This workshop is for you. I’ll show you my favorite way of painting roses.

  • How to load the brush with multiple colors

  • How to create turned petals using opaque white

  • A simple stroke to paint a blade of leaf

  • Add thorns to stems in a pull-and-lift motion

This course includes:

Convert from my popular full-day workshop

  • 5 Start-to-Finish rose painting demonstrations

  • 6 separate sessions on painting petals, leaves, buds, stems and thorns

  • Almost 4 hours of instruction with 25 videos in manageable segments

  • Downloadable Supply List

Watch Intro Video

Welcome and Content Review


What people are saying about this course

5 star rating

Just the right pace

Mary Ann Matika

What patience you have! Just the right pace to understand all the parts of painting roses. I liked the outlining as an example and then the painting. The mix...

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What patience you have! Just the right pace to understand all the parts of painting roses. I liked the outlining as an example and then the painting. The mixing of colors and the loading of the brush were very clear.

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Amazing lesson

Bonnie Campbell-Kuhn

Practice, practice and more practice needed. I'm close to getting acceptable buds, but not the full rose. A break and then I will practice loading my brus...

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Practice, practice and more practice needed. I'm close to getting acceptable buds, but not the full rose. A break and then I will practice loading my brush so I' not too wet nor too dry. I'm using the Marie paint in tubes. I'm challenged but not discouraged!

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Course curriculum

Click to see what's inside each chapter

  • 1

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

  • 2

    How to paint different parts of a rose

    • Rose with folded petals

    • Back-facing Rose

    • Rose Buds

    • Stems and Thorns

    • Leaf Veins & Serration

    • Leaves

  • 3

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    • How I practice

  • 4

    Demo 1 - First Roses

    • First Roses - Part 1

    • First Roses - Part 2

    • Review of First Roses

  • 5

    Demo 2 - Rose Bud on a Fan

    • Rose Bud on a Fan

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Rose Bud on a Fan

  • 6

    Demo 3 - Yellow Roses

    • Yellow Rose - Part 1

    • Yellow- Rose - Part 2

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Yellow Rose

  • 7

    Demo 4 - Two in the Garden

    • Two in the Garden

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Two in the Garden

  • 8

    Demo 5 - Rose Bouquet

    • Rose Bouquet - Part 1

    • Rose Bouquet - Part 2

    • Rose Bouquet - Part 3

    • Review of Finished Artwork - Rose Bouquet

  • 9


    • Sumi-e Rose Inspirations

    • Wrap-Up and Discussion Space for Artists

    • Survey - Sumi-e Rose

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 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.