An Opportunity to Learn the Ancient Art of Chinese Watercolor

SPONSORED BY: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 3, 2-4:30 p.m.
WHO: Diana Meng
WHERE: YorkArts@CityArt, 188 W. Philadelphia Street, York
COST: This is a free event for adults and youths age 10 and older
INFORMATION, 717-763-5744


Born in mainland China and reared in Taiwan, artist Diane Meng began learning the ancient art of Chinese watercolor in middle school. She will instruct adults and youths age 10 and up how to use a Chinese brush, inkstone and paper in basic techniques to create a simple painting in the traditional style at a Susquehanna Folk Music Society free event on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at YorkArts@CityArt, 188 W. Philadelphia Street, York. The workshop will also include a slide-show presentation and participants will receive a bookmark with their name written on it in Chinese characters.

Chinese painting is a centuries-old art form using traditional materials and techniques to tell a story or express the artist’s vision. “It’s not just for decoration,” Meng explains. “To me, painting is like the Chinese saying ‘shã shing yun sen,’ which enables you to maintain good health and inner peace by quieting your heart.”

Originally Chinese painting was done only in black ink. Meng adds color to some of her works, but the method she uses remains close to what has been use in China for some 5,000 years.

Meng is a retired Capital Blue Cross business analyst. Her teaching experience includes Chinese language classes for the Central Pennsylvania Chinese Association and art classes as a substitute teacher for the East Pennsboro School District. She also has taught Chinese painting and calligraphy at area libraries and schools.

This free workshop for adults and youths age 10 and older is part of a new Susquehanna Folk Music Society series developed with the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at