Chinese Art: Traditional Chinese Brush Painting with Zhong-hua Lu

Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019

Chinese brush painting is about the balance of nature and the interrelatedness and complexity of all things. Xie yi hua is one kind of traditional style of painting. Students will learn philosophical, cultural, and technical aspects of this ancient art, a language of symbolic brush strokes. Working on rice paper with Chinese ink and watercolors, students will learn step-by-step how to control brush, color, and water to create natural motifs, from rocks, trees, birds, fish, flowers and bees to complex mountain landscapes. This focused practice has a meditative, calming effect on the artist. Beginning and advanced students are all welcome.

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$260 for 2 days of ink brush painting workshop, material inluded.
Couples King or Queen are for 2 people, 2nd person tuition 20% off.
Lunches are included in commuter rate



Arrival Day

4 PM: Check-in

6:30 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Class

Days In Between


8 – 9 AM: Breakfast

10 AM – 12:30 PM: Class

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

2 – 6 PM: Class

6 PM: Dinner

Check Out Day


8 – 9 AM: Breakfast

10 AM – 12 PM: Class

12 PM: Lunch


Zhong-hua Lu grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China. Born in Shandong Province, he learned brush painting, martial and healing arts from his father and uncles during a time when Chairman Mao condemned traditional arts. Zhong-hua continued to paint in secret. In 2000, Zhong-hua married Ellen Graf, an American artist and writer. Zhong-hua teaches traditional Chinese arts, including brush painting, Tai Chi, and Qigong, in Upstate NY.  He received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant for painting in 2005 and was a finalist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Traditional Arts in 2015. Zhong-hua has taught at Mass MOCA, The Capital District Center for the Arts, The New York State Theatre Institute, Williams College, and the Chinese Community Center in Latham, NY. Zhong-hua offers private instruction in his home studio. Website:


Our menus are based on group preferences and budget. We offer delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, we will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner. We easily accommodate gluten/dairy free needs, and many of our seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suit their needs if they have issues we cannot accommodate. Please note that we are unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than the deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.