Friday, August 11, 2017

Workshops oriental brush paintings

I have just attended a 5 day workshop with Henry Wo. It was fantastic to watch him demonstrate each subject that he taught. Starting Monday I will teach a 6 day workshop in oriental brush painting in Alexandria, VA. I think that my brain will be fried by the end of next week.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Darlene's Blog: Oriental Brush Painting Classes

Darlene's Blog: Oriental Brush Painting Classes: Just ending this 6 weeks session of oriental brush painting classes this week. Next 6 week session will begin on September 6-October 13, 2...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oriental Brush Painting Classes

Just ending this 6 weeks session of oriental brush painting classes this week.

Next 6 week session will begin on September 6-October 13, 2017.  If interested I go to or email me at
Classes taught by Darlene Kaplan; International award winning professional artist in Soft Brush Studio, Alexandria, VA

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Workshop by Darlene Kaplan

I am so grateful and happy to announce that my Oriental Brush Painting workshop in Soft Brush Studio, Alexandria, VA. for August 14-19th has filled. I have very dedicated students that give it 100% and it is so gratifying as an instructor.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

China Exhibition

Happy to announce that I have a painting of Shrimp in the 2017 ICCPS International Exhibition in China at the Anshan City Public Cultural Center Province, China in October 2017.  More information to follow.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Oriental Brush Painting Workshop

Good news. I only have one spot left to fill in my oriental brush painting workshop for August 14-19.  6 Full days of painting!!! At the end of the workshop will be a presentation award ceremony for all the students that complete the course.  All friends and loved ones are invited.
Location is Rose Hill of VA.  For complete info please go to

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oriental brush painting classes

There is only three more weeks left in this session of oriental brush painting classes. This is a great time of year for painting with so many flowers in bloom. 
 The next session will start June 21st if anyone wants to give this style of art a

Good new is that I opened a new class day on Wednesdays and it is almost full.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Landscape winner

Happy to say that 2 of my oriental brush paintings were juried into the 2017 Landscape Exhibition for Light Space & Time online art exhibit receiving an award for each painting. Enjoy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Oriental brush painting workshop

Just returned home from a fabulous one day oriental brush painting workshop.  Everyone was fantastic and so eager to learn this style of art. When 30 people sign up then that is the maximum compliment they can show me.  Here is an image of some of the students, many left before I could round them up for a group photo.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Workshop tomorrow in Oriental Brush Painting

I am off to do a one day workshop tomorrow in Alexandria, VA of about 30 people. They requested Japanese Koi as one of their

Friday, April 14, 2017

Awarded one of the Best Painting & Drawing Teachers in Washington, DC area

Thank you Expertise.

This just made my weekend!!! I just received notice that a company "Expertise" has chosen 9 local artist in the category of Best Painting & Drawing Teachers in Washington, DC area. I am honored to say that I was choosen #4 out of the 9. They looked at 132 artist.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Oriental Brush Painting classes

Want to try something new this Spring?? In addition to the Thursday night and Friday classes; I am starting a new class in oriental brush painting on Wednesdays from 11 am till 1pm starting April 26th at 4609 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA. I have about 3 openings if you are interested. to download the registration form.  Classes fill quickly.  703-922-4175


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wednesday Day Class Added for Wednesdays

NEW Day CLASS in oriental brush painting added for Wednesdays 11 AM - 1 PM.

 My oriental brush painting class on Friday's from 1-3 pm are overflowing, which is good news. I am so happy that more and more people want to learn this art style.

Therefore, I am opening a new class day which will be Wednesdays from 11 am till 1 pm starting April 26th.  Anyone interested please visit my web site for details at

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Oriental Brush Painting Class

Last Saturday was the class at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA of my oriental brush painting class that I taught with the assistance of Cynthia Bates who is one of my students. The class was very well attended at around 25 students. Here is a photo of Koi that we I was teaching. They all did a fantastic job. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Teaching Japanese Koi

I will be teaching an oriental brush painting class at 10:00 am this Saturday at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA. Have a request to teach Japanese Koi. What better subject could I paint during the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC???

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How Soft Brush Studio was named

People often ask me how and why I named my oriental brush painting studio.  Well, here goes!!
From my martial arts study I was advised by my first martial arts instructor to change my medium from oils to the Chinese style of art.  Being the loyal student I complied.

My husband and I became part owners in a martial arts studio where I was one of the instructors after I received the rank of Black Belt.

In 1997 a reporter from the Washington Post asked for an interview which I granted. The gentleman wrote an article about the merging of two careers from martial arts to oriental art painting.  The article was on the front page of both the Fairfax Journal and the Alexandria Journal. At the time I didn't have a name for my art studio.

If you go to and click on Press pg 1 you will see both articles.  The Alexandria Journal is at the bottom of the page with the article.  The title was, "Black Belt & Soft Brush".  I took part of the headline and named my studio "Soft Brush Studio"

Monday, February 27, 2017

Darlene's Art

My oriental brush paintings are featured today on facebook by Xanadu Gallery. Here is the link  Enjoy

Thursday, February 16, 2017

workshop in oriental brush painting

Oriental Brush Painting Workshop August 14-19, 2017 for all skill levels. Space is limited with room for only 3 more students if anyone is interested.

At the end of the workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Please visit for details and registration.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Oriental Art Workshop

Next week I am seriously advertising for my oriental art workshop for August 14-19, 2017. Alexandria, VA
I only have space for 5 students left to fill. Great response so far. If you are interested please go to click on the workshop link for an application and get it to me ASAP so that I can reserve your space.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

West Meets East exhibition

Darlene Kaplan is
one of the artist represented  in this exhibition of Oriental Paintings & Calligraphy by Western Artist. CCACC Art Gallery Gaithersburg, MD.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Oriental Brush Painting session

Next 6 weeks session in oriental brush painting classes start March 2-April 7.  To register please go to

Classes are taught by International/National award winning artist, Darlene Kaplan in Soft Brush Studio at 4609 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310

Art Exhibition SAG

Everyone Invited
Springfield Art Guild Members The 2017 Franconia
Government Center Show and Raffle

Franconia Government Center . 6121 Franconia Road . Alexandria, VA . 22310

Art Show, Free Event & Free Parking
• What: The 2017 Franconia Government Center Art Show
• When: Show is January 14 to February 25th ; Reception date January 28 – Time 11am-1 PM
• Where: 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
• Why: Service to community, exposure of our artwork, Peoples' Choice Awards
Hope to see you there