Free Chinese shuǐ-mò 水墨, “water and ink” art  workshop for autistic and special needs kids

** More class dates for this program have been added due to public demand. Please email us if you would like to schedule a class between now and Wednesday 25 Jan 2023 on zoom followed by an in person graduation event 28 Jan 2023. Please read program info below.


Comic inking techniques are rooted in the fine arts. Chinese ink painting practices has been around for over 2000 years and help comic artists to be their very best at inking once they mastered the medium. With Chinese inking, a single stroke can produce considerable variations in tonality, from deep black to silvery gray. Therefore, in this context shading means more than just dark-light arrangement: It is the basis for the nuance in tonality found in East Asian art.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Focus comic will be launching a free online Chinese shuǐ-mò (水墨, “water and ink”) art program for autistic and special needs youth.

Between January 22nd and 25th Yvonne Wan of Focus comic will offer free virtual art workshops on the art of Chinese ink painting. This program comprises of one zoom class and one in person graduation. We will offer one to one and group classes based on the students needs. Students will learn how to paint a rabbit in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, and cultural diversity on zoom. They will also learn a little bit about rabbits. There will be an in person graduation event on Saturday Jan 28th, 10am at Aventura Apartments Club house in Avondale where our graduates will have their art will be exhibited. Our students will receive a custom certificate of achievement featuring their art, and they will receive prize gifts to celebrate their accomplishments. Students will have a class of 2023 photo and their graduation event will be filmed so our students can remember their special day.

The graduation event will be a cultural experience, with spring rolls, fortune cookies, traditional lucky red envelopes with lucky money for the graduates, and a traditional Chinese lion head on display and gifts. Yvonne will also wear a traditional Chinese dress as she presents the certificates to the graduates.

Program details:

Online class dates: January 22nd -25th 2023

Format: one online class plus one in person graduation event.

Cost: Free.

For: Autistic and special needs youth (6-17 years old) within Arizona.

Time: please check with our schedule.

Class duration: 40 minutes

Deadline to sign up: January 22 2023. 11am.

Art supplies: Large and small sumi brush (bamboo brush), sumi ink, sumi paper, white gelly roll pen, clip board, hair dryer. Cup of Water. Paint Palette.

The scans of the students art work are due within 24 hours after class so we can prepare the custom certificates and grade the art.

In person Graduation event: Saturday January 28th 2023

Time: 10am

Venue: Aventura apartments Club house, Avondale. 10350 West Mcdowell Road. AZ85392

Please apply early whilst there are available spots on the program.

To apply please email us the following information to [email protected] . Please use the subject title: “Free Chinese Inking Class for Special needs kids”. Your child’s spot is not secured on the program until you receive a confirmation email.

Name of Child:

Age of Child:

City of residence:

Name of Parent:

Contact number of Parent:

Email of Parent: