We'll be running a few Chinese art camps during summer! I say art, but it's really Chinese classes for kids. Shhh, don't tell your kids that! Come join us for a couple weeks of fun! 

We have:

Live classes: 

These class dates will be listed below and you will join us on zoom. Zoom links are given right in the class page after you’re registered. Many friends still register from other time zones and just watch the recording of the live classes. All homeworks submitted during the class in session will still be given feedback no matter what country you’re submitting from. 

Recordings of classes: 

These are view at your own pace and available right away. Some will be recordings from live sessions in the past and others are made only pre-recorded.

LIVE Zorori Series Class: 

  • LIVE Fridays & Saturdays 
    • August 7th, 2020 Friday (4pm PST/ 7pm EST)
    • August 9th, 2020 Sunday (10:30 PST/1:30pm EST) 
    • August 14th, 2020 Friday (4pm PST/ 7pm EST)
    • August 16th, 2020 Sunday (10:30 PST/1:30pm EST)
  • Recordings available if you missed live classes
  • The duration of each course will be kept to ~45 to ~60 minutes, 2x a week
  • $60 for 4 live sessions 
  • Goal: fun, enjoyable Chinese learning environment through comic storytime. We will aim to read through two to three books of 怪傑佐羅力 along with making simple arts & crafts inspired by the stories. We'll highlight and learn new idioms! 

LIVE Cantonese Air Dry Clay & Story Class

  • LIVE Saturdays August 1 (free trial), 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020
  • Recordings available if you missed live classes
  • 10 AM PST / 1PM EST
  • ~60 minutes 
  • $60 for 4 weeks
  • Goal: We will read a storybook, learn about 10 characters, 5 - 8 Colloquial / Written Cantonese Chinese terms (冰淇淋 = 雪糕), and use air-dry clay to create a character or objects in the storybook. 
  • For children 3+, caretakers must be present with children 
  • Teacher: Cantonese Mommy

LIVE Butt Detective Watercolor Pencils Essay Class

  • LIVE Fridays, August  21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18
  • Recordings available for non-LIVE option.
  • 4pm PST/ 7pm EST
  • $75 for 5 Weeks
  • ~ 1hr/session 
  • Goal: Write or tell your own detective story in Chinese and utilize watercolor pencils and learn color theory. We will be learning vocabulary and idioms along the way. 
  • Age: 5+ (young ones tell stories, older ones write and present)

LIVE Ghibli / Miyazaki Acrylic Painting Classes

  • 5 Weeks of Live classes starting Sunday August 23. 
  • 10:30 am PST/ 1:30 pm EST
  • Paint a scene from the books we read every week.
  • Focus on learning the harder Chinese phrases and idioms from the books. 
  • Books will include Totoro and Ponyo. 

Recorded Acrylic Class

  • Recordings of previous live classes
  • 4 lessons
  • ~ 1.5 hr/lesson
  • Goal: learn 3-4 Chinese idioms a week, 10-15 characters, 3-5 vocabulary phrases, and hopefully squeeze in some sentence structure.

Recorded Monsters Watercolor Pencil Class

  • Recordings of previous classes
  • 4 lessons 
  • ~ 1.5 hr/lesson
  • Goal: learn 3-4 idioms a week, 10-15 characters, 3-5 vocabulary phrases, and create your own monster and present it verbally or written by end of week four by utilizing the vocabulary you've learned. 
Watch Intro Video

Acrylic Classes

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What is Watercolor Pencil?


  • How are classes held?

    Classes are held online through zoom. Dates and times are listed on the class site.

  • What if I can't make the time?

    We will be recording all sessions so all lessons will be available for viewing a few hours after the session. Videos will be available for you to view as many times as you wish.

  • I'm in another country, can I still register?

    Absolutely. You can register and view the video replays or if you can join in the live classes at the same time, that would be great too. Video recordings will be available after class.

  • What ages are best for these classes?

    Each class is different but as long as your child can hold a pencil and draw some shapes, we think it will be beneficial for the child to take the class to listen to Chinese and do some art. We will be reading stories in class and learning characters and idioms according to the theme of the week specific to each class. We have kids as young as 4 take the class and up to adults painting along. However, gaining the full benefits of learning painting and color theory, kindergarten or above would be ideal.

  • I have more than one child. Do I need to register for two kids?

    If they are taking the same class, then no. They can sign on together. If they are registering for two separate classes, just pay once per class.

  • How much Chinese background do I need?

    We set up the class for children who can listen to a simple conversation in Mandarin, or children who would like a more immersion experience for a simple art class given in Mandarin. It may be hard for you to follow along if you don't understand any Chinese but the replays will be available so if you'd like to follow along and replay to enforce your own Chinese learning, that's always welcome as well.

  • How many kids will be in class and how much interaction will they get?

    To provide affordable Chinese learning for everyone, we're not limiting the class size. This means your child may or may not get called on during class. We have some free lessons posted in our Facebook group that shows how the lessons will be structured. You can join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/.

  • Why are there different number of lessons listed in the courses?

    The number of lessons was counted in the website as how many attachments and videos we have uploaded and some videos needed to be divided into 3 videos due to length so please ignore that number. We're having ONE hour (plus or minus 15 minutes) each week for 4 weeks.

  • What items do I need?

    Please refer to the individual class pages.