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Oil Portrait, Figure and Narrative Painting

Instructor: Jordan Xu

In this class, you are going to learn the basic concepts and techniques of portrait and figure painting in oil. We will cover areas such as values, colors, edges, transitions, likeness and composition. The instructor will give demos during class. We will be painting from live models as well as photos. You will learn how to take photographs for portrait painting, including elements such as lighting and angles. There will also be an introduction to narrative painting, where the subjects are not posed, but rather performing real-life activities like playing music in a jam, hiking on a mountain, or sitting in a subway car commuting to work.

This is a beginner to intermediate painting class. Some drawing or painting experience will be helpful, but not absolutely necessary. Model fees are extra.

Covid Policy for Students in this Class

Our current safety protocol requires Proof-of-Vaccination (link to FAQs) to attend this class. The classroom is equipped with HEPA/UV-C air cleaners. Masks are required until the current situation changes.

We follow all Covid Safety protocols on the national, state, and local levels for onsite activities and monitor Alexandria’s conditions.

In-person classes are held when Alexandria sustains thresholds of:

—the Daily New Case Rate at or below 25.0 per 100k; with

—the Covid-19 Infection Rate at or below 1.10; and

—the Positive Test Rate is at or below 10% or below

Most supplies and supply lists may be obtained at The Art League Store in the Torpedo Factory, room 217.  The store hours are 11am – 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. We offer curbside pickup at The Art League Store, allowing our customers to buy over the phone or online and then drive to our location at 105 North Union Street (or “curb”) to pick it up, without having to leave your car. Call ahead here: 703-548-8127. We offer a price-matching guarantee to our customers based on the advertised price for a specific product. If a rival offers the same product for a lower advertised price, The Art League Store will match the lower price.

For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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