Lian Quan Zhen - Watercolor Journey with Lian Zhen Workshop Information

Workshop Info

Watercolor Journey with Lian Zhen

September 7-9, Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

This class is full. A waiting list has been started.

Early Bird (until July 22) - $350 LAAG members / $400 nonmembers
Regular - $400 LAAG members / $450 nonmembers

To register contact Betty Gravois at or 732-216-1095.

Artist Info

Lian Zhen

Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued as a hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He had many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

His art teaching credentials include the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in the US, other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings are featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash 4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice and Painter's Quick Reference books by North Light Books: Flowers and Blooms, Dogs and Cats, Birds and Butterflies, Landscapes and Drawing and Painting Animals - the Essential Guide.

Lian's four books published by North Light Books have been distributed internationally. They are: The Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor, published in October of 2000; the Chinese Watercolor Techniques - Painting Animals, published in December of 2004, with demos on video tapes and DVDs made by Teaching Arts in UK; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers published in 2009; Chinese Landscape Techniques for Watercolor in September 2013. They were main selections for North Light Book Club members. In 2014, North Light Books printed a coffee table book with a collection of Lian's paintings, one of two painters chosen amongst the publisher's artists.


  • Brushes: - Synthetic and/or sable brushes - Winsor & Newton, American Journey and Loew-Cornell recommended.
    Round - number 4, 6 & 8
    Pointed - number 2, 3
    Flat - ¼inch (with wedge shape at end of handle for applying masking), ½inch and 1 inch
  • Colors: One tube from each of the three primary colors:
    Blue - Antwerp Blue (Winsor & Newton), Prussian Blue or Phthalocyanine Blue Red Shade (M.Graham & Co.)
    Yellow - Hansa, or Azo Light light (M.Graham & Co.), Winsor Yellow (Winsor & Newton), Bumblebee or Aureoine Yellow (American Journey)
    Red - Pyrrol or Napthal Red (M.Graham & Co.), Permanent Red Deep (Winsor & Newton) or Joe's Red American Journey)
    Other similar primary colors are OK.
  • Paper: Three half sheets (15"x22", or 16"x20") 140 lb Cold Press watercolor papers, Arches or Kilimanjaro, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Palette: One large size palette like John Pike Watercolor palette (not little ones; large white color plate is OK).
  • Masking Fluid: - A new bottle of light colored art-masking fluid: Pebeo Drawing Gum, Shiva Liquid Masque by Richeson Mediums or Winsor & Newton's yellowish color masking are recommended. If Cheap Joe's does not have them, buy from
  • Other: - One plywood board or gatorboard size about 16"x23" for taping down the half sheet size watercolor paper, Three small dishes for making color liquids, a roll of masking tape or clear packing tape, 2 sheets of graphite paper (transfer paper, erasable), a hair dryer, a medium size water sprayer, a brush washer (a jar containing water for cleaning brushes), an apron, 3 sheets of tracing paper size about 15"x12", a pair of scissors, a B2 or #2 pencil, erasers and one roll of white paper towel. If you can't blow the color liquids while painting, get a can of Compressed Air Duster from office supply store.
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