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The first two days will be Chinese Painting on Shuan Papers. The next 3 days will be spontaneous watercolor.
Lian teaches in small segments giving students the opportunity to keep up with him. For example: if Lian paints for 15
minutes in a demonstration, he will usually give students about 30 minutes to complete the same portion of the
painting. He circulates around and reinforces learning and advises students on their journey to completing their
We believe Lian is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.
Lian Quan Zhen is a popular watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the
most popular authors of North Light Books.
Lian started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued his art as a hobby while he practiced 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
has 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 US, and other countries in Europe,
Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California,
Colorado, New Mexico and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings featured
in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, 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 books are distributed internationally. Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor, published in
October of 2000; 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. They were main selections for North Light Book Club members. In 2013 North Light published his fourth
book: Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Landscapes. His newest book Chinese Watercolor Journey with
Lian Quan Zhen was published in 2015.