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The Fundamentals of Portraiture with Jordan Xu

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This class is part of a series. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018, 7-9pm

$145 ($120 for the 4-class session plus $25 model fee)


Have you always been amazed by a beautiful portrait painting? Come and learn how to paint portraits and figures in oil, acrylic or pastel from a live model. In this class you will gain the knowledge of basic painting concepts and techniques such as value, color temperature, composition and transition. You will be exposed to the different approaches to start a portrait or figure painting and the theories behind them. Step-by-step instructions will take you through the entire process of a painting. Short demos will be given by the instructor to show how to apply these concepts and techniques.

In this fundamentals of portraiture class, you will learn foundational skills such as structural drawing, value, blocking, edges and transition.

Students should bring paint (oil, acrylic or pastel), paint thinner, brushes, palette, rags or paper towels.


About the instructor

Jordan began studying portrait painting at the Art League School in the historic Alexandria, Virginia, under the tutelage of Washingtonian artist Kurt Schwarz and later Danni Dawson. Over the years, Jordan has developed a style that combines classical realism with intensely vibrant colors and broad, casual brushwork.


Portraiture remains one of Jordan’s primary focuses as he searches relentlessly for more ways to capture the stories and emotions behind the faces. The subjects in his portraits often present the image of people in our everyday life as well as various cultures around the world. One of the most important aspects of his portrait and figure work is that he tries to describe the subjects in their “natural habitat”, where they are placed in their favorite environment or performing their favorite activity.


Jordan’s artworks often depict scenes and people he has seen or met during his travels as well as daily life experiences. Throughout his painting career, he passionately pursues the perfect depiction of a rich, diverse world, anywhere from the picturesque water alleys of Venice to the quiet wooded hills of New Hampshire. His love for the different cultures and their people is apparent in his works like the painting of the Egyptian man standing next to his camel or the Brazilian teenager trotting down the street on horseback.

Jordan now lives in Lovettsville, Virginia as a freelance artist.

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