Dancing with the Chinese Brush March 18 (Sat) 9:30am-2:30pm


Mar 18, 2017
Jean Shen
All Skill Levels

Come into the land of the ancient art of Chinese brush painting. Enjoy the fascinating and intriguing art form of "dancing" with the bamboo brush in your hand, moving across rice paper with Chinese ink and colors. You will learn how to hold the brush in the traditional manner to paint bamboo with power as if you are doing martial art. From the bamboo brush, you will paint fish swishing its tail in the water, and pine needles on branches so sharp and vigorous. Your painting will reflect your energy and inner rhythm. Chinese calligraphy will be introduced in the first half hour to help you master the brush. (Fun way to pick up speaking and writing some Chinese. What a feat!)


NEW STUDENTS: If you are new to art, you will not feel lost as each person will be given individual help in a step-by-step manner.  It is exhilarating, fun, and well worth the time and effort invested.


RETURNING STUDENTS: Returning students will continue on the journey into painting flowers, vegetables, animals, insects, fish, landscapes, people, and calligraphy as abstract art. While acquiring more and more "dancing" strokes, you will express your love of nature and art with increasing boldness and freedom.


My goal is to help each student discover and cultivate your own unique style of doing Chinese brush painting.


MATERIALS: Two excellent and power bamboo brushes will be available for purchase at the first class. Other supplies necessary which are available in San Diego county are: a Haku brush about 2 inches, a roll or sheets of rice paper, Chinese or Japanese bottle ink (no India ink), two water containers such as margarine size plastic containers, a watercolor palette or several plastic or ceramic plates in place of a palette, a pad of newsprint 12"x 18" (not smaller or but double that size is OK), a roll of toilet tissue paper or paper towels, a piece of inexpensive black felt material at fabric stores, approximately a yard long to cover the table where you work. My step-by-step teaching book, The Dance of the Brush, A Non-traditional Way of Learning Chinese brush painting, will be available for purchase at the class (optional). Go to to see students' art exhibits and my philosophy of teaching.



Suggested art supplies store are:  Artists and Craftsmen Art Supplies Store in Hillcrest, Aaron Brothers, Blick in India Street.



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March 18, 2017 (Saturday)

9:30 am - 2:30 pm (with a 30-minute lunch break)

$70 plus materials

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Class Times

9:30 am to 2:30 pm

About the Instructor

Jean Shen


Dance of the Brush author, Jean Shen, is a non-traditional Approach to Chinese Brush Painting. An exponent of both traditional and modern styles, Jean has held major exhibitions in both the US and Asia. Believing that anyone can learn the art of Chinese brush, Jean brings a unique philosophy to her teaching. She has a master’s degree in education from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center, and was the first to introduce courses in Chinese brush painting to educational programs in San Diego colleges and universities. After years of experience, Jean has developed her own curriculum which emphasizes the path of self-discovery through mastery of the dance of the brush. While this is very different from her own more traditional path, Jean sees the results in her students who range across diverse ages and backgrounds. She continues to develop her own style of painting and teaching.