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Minnesota Bridge ….. a Cultural Bridge Between East and West


Bloomington Center for the Arts  

Ink and Brush Painting

Adult Open Painting Studio

  • When: Tuesdays. 2 month sessions. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Painting Studio, Bloomington Center for the Arts
  • Cost: $45 per session
  • Register: Art Center Classes & Activities (at least 1 day in advance of the beginning of the session)

Susan Frame:  Susan Frame


Studio Classes, NE Minneapolis  – Coming Soon – Fall 2022; check back for updates

Open by appt: Studio 207A, California Bldg 

2205 California St.  NE  Studio 207A
Minneapolis, MN  55418

Email for Studio Class Schedule or questions:

Workshops:  White Bear Lake, MN and Grand Marais, MN

Tropical Hibiscus
Tropical Hibiscus

For class description and to register, click class title above
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110

Sumie:  Tulips and Daffodils –
April  18, 2020, 10am to 4pm – Postponed
class description and registration info to follow
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110

Sumi-e: Painting From the Heart     
August 15 –  19,  2022   9am to 4pm each day
For class description and to register, click the class title

Grand Marais Art Colony
120 3rd Avenue West
Grand Marais, MN  556

Catherine Park 

Catherine teaches Advanced Sumie classes also.
 Contact by email for more information


Asian Brush Painting–Beginning and Continuing

For class description, click above class title
Rochester Community Education
Northrup Community Education Center
201 8th Street NW
Rochester, MN  55901

Asian Brush Painting RGS

For class description, scroll  in Winter catalogue, click above class title
125 Live, Center for Active Adults       
125 Elton Hills Drive NW
Rochester, MN  55901

Bob Schmitt:   
Laughing Waters Studio

Ongoing Studio Classes, South Minneapolis – 
Workshops: Minneapolis, MN 
612-333-1881  Email:
See Winter-Spring 2021 Schedule for ongoing distance learning opportunities for 2021.

Want to learn Chinese painting at home?


the dance of the eye and the hand

These instructional videos with printable models are based on the concept that to learn
Chinese brush painting one must train not only one’s hand but one’s eye as well.
For complete information about the dance of the eye and the hand,
with videos, pdf models and fee structures, see the distance learning page.

              click above graphic for video
The understanding is that continued learning is a tension 
between what the eye can see and what the hand can do. 
And that the dance of the eye and the hand is always in play.  
That tension is always there. 
Mastery is a process. 

Not a destination.

Start at any level.

Move between beginning exercises
and more advanced as you desire. 

Go forward, trying new things.

Go back to review or strengthen beginning skills.

STUDIO CLASSES   —  see Fall 2020 Schedule
                                                                   for ongoing distance learning opportunities for 2020.

Yudong Shen:  Yudong Shen
Watch  video on TPT Minnesota Original 

Shen Workshop
Sumi-e Workshop

Ongoing Studio Classes, Shoreview and Midway, St. Paul
For class info, check website: Meilin Art Studio or by email: Yudong_Shen@hotmail

Dee Teller:
 Teller’s Wood and Brush Studio

dee teller

Classes offered seasonally in Texas and Minnesota
Contact Dee by email:

Horse Collage Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:30am to 2:00pm
For more information or to register, call the Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center
104 North Alister St.
Port Aransas, Texas  78373

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Land of Ten Thousand Lakes
Land of Ten Thousand Lakes
by Gail Threinen

Classes offered seasonally in Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Contact Gail by email :

]The Three Friends of Winter
The Three Friends of Winter

The Chinese celebrated the pine, bamboo and plum together, as they observed that these plants
do not wither as the cold days deepen into the winter season unlike many other plants.   Together
they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance and resilience. 

January 25 & 26, 2020, 9am to 4pm

February 22 & 23, 2020, 9am to 4pm

March 28 & 29, 2020, 9am to 4pm
click class titles for more class information
to register: click Registration Policies
or call or email the manager at
The Lakeway Activity Center
105 Cross Creek
Lakeway, Texas  78734

Hong Zhang:  Hong Zhang
Ongoing Studio Classes, Minneapolis
For class info, contact by email:

Join Bob Schmitt’s teacher Hong Zhang  for

click above logo for class info and to register at Laughing Waters

Painting Bamboo 2
February 12, 2020  10am to 3:30pm
or  May 13, 2020  10am to 3:30pm – Postponed
Li Script
Introduction to LI Script: Lectures and Models
February 13, 2020 10am to 3:30pm