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Chinese Watercolor Painting Workshop With May Shei

October 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blend Asian and Western painting styles in this Chinese Watercolor Painting Workshop with the Triton Museum’s exhibiting artist, May Shei.

Chinese Watercolor Painting Workshop With May Shei

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 from1:00pm to 4:00pm

Held in the Warburton Gallery

All levels are welcome. Partial materials included.

Open to students ages 18 and up.

$90 Members, $110 Non-Members


Learn foundational strokes of free hand style, Xieyi technique, and how to seamlessly blend Asian and
Western wet-in-wet techniques to create beautiful watercolors and mixed media artworks.
Through demonstration, individual instruction, and critique, students will:

  • Create floral and bird paintings that have interesting and dynamic compositions.
  • Understand how to control water amounts when painting on rice paper to produce different
    styles and unique results.

Add final touches to their artwork using chops.

Materials List:

1. Chinese Painting colors (Regular Watercolors are fine)

2. Chinese Painting Ink (you may substitute with black color from Watercolor sets) *

3. Brushes: firm (like wolf-hair) and soft (Goat-Hair), or all-purpose one each in size XS, S, M.


  • Old cardboard to carry wet paintings home.
  • 8B pencil or charcoal
  • Hair dryer
  • Wear something casual but not loose sleeve,
  • Apron

* Practice rice paper, student grade brushes and ink will be provided.

Artist’s Biography:

May Shei was born in a HAKKA town in S. Taiwan, and grown in a very artistic

family. May Shei (陳菊美) graduated from the Arts and Craft program at Tainan

University of Technology (台南家專美工科) and the department of Art at Chinese Culture

University (中國文化大學美術系) with a major in Commercial Design and a minor on Oil

and Chinese painting. May is an art teacher and professional artist focusing on abstract,

linear style, and contemporary art. She brings the richness of her country’s history into

her artwork. May’s art blends the traditional techniques of Asian artists before her as well

as her contemporary style. May often portrays the creatures of her childhood, now

endangered and protected species, as well as ancient figures from Taiwan’s past. Her

work examines the abstract and the natural, and the ways in which they collide with our

modern world. May’s work blends eastern and Western styles in a contemporary fashion

and has received multiple awards in a number of San Francisco Bay Area art

competitions, she is an invited and featured artist in many galleries and Museum

exhibits. She has held solo art shows in Taiwan, China, and the US. She gets the jury in

for 2016 and 2017 Salon d’Automne Paris.


Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050 United States