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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. 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

The Art League will no longer require masks in our classrooms, store, gallery, or offices. However, we ask that our students, faculty, and staff use caution and thoughtfulness when they are close to others for prolonged periods. For example, students using shared equipment in the classroom studios are strongly encouraged to wear masks for their safety, and the consideration of those around them, when in tight proximity to others.Masks are also recommended if your home community risk level is high (Alexandria is currently at medium risk), or you’ve been told by a health professional to wear a mask based on your personal risk factors.

The Art League reserves the right to reinstate mandatory masks, and additional covid safety policies should we feel local conditions warrant such action.

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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