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China - Prof drawing - London
 
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  • (18 reviews)
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Tom
« Perfect! China's lessons are really well thought out, and find a good balance... More »
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Tom
« Perfect! China's lessons are really well thought out, and find a good balance of getting lots of experience but still understanding the theory behind what's going on. China's very friendly and the lessons are really enjoyable, whilst still learning a lot! »
$41/h
1st lesson free!
Verified profile and diploma
Response Time 13h
Lessons offered by China
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Art School Preparation
  • Botanical Drawing
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

Professional artist offering realistic drawing classes from basic fundamentals to professional portraiture.

Methodology

My method of teaching is always catered to the student's needs and abilities. For example, if a student is a beginner and they want to learn how to draw realistically, I would show them how to understand the principles before we try to draw straight away.

To understand nature, we must understand how to see in order to translate that onto our paper.
If a student is more advanced, we will look at what really inspires them and how we can push their abilities by looking at the finer details, whether that is refining a good drawing to become more realistic, the equipment quality, or the tiny nuances in the line direction that need tweaking. We should always keep pushing ourselves and learning from what we do so I fully encourage people to embrace their mistakes and enjoy the process over the finished result.

Topics I cover are value scale, shapes, portraits, figures, life drawing, still life, feet, hands, hair, fabric and much more.

I also provide an option for a ready made drawing kit with all the equipment you need to start or enhance your drawing practise including a hardcover sketchbook, 4 pencils which are staple in my lessons, and a putty rubber which is good for controlling the removal of pencil.

You may be wondering if online learning is for you as I fully understand the differences and anticipations of online as apposed to in real life. Having taught throughout the whole pandemic online with a thriving community and many students have stayed with me since, I would encourage those who are against it, to try online in their trial session and then further lessons can be discussed as to whether they are best suited online or in person which has travel costs.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualified, and response guaranteed. China will carefully plan your first lesson.

Background

My name is China and I am a professional portrait and figure artist. I specialise in a variety of mediums including pencil, pastel, and oil painting. I have been teaching for 5 years to private students varying in different ages ranges from 8 years old to 70 years. These lessons have been either just for fun as a hobby progression, to help students for creative degrees, or for groups in workshops.

Drawing is amazingly fun and therapeutic and if we don't have the tools to connect the dots, we can find it frustrating and stressful. I am here to show you how to connect the dots so you can draw confidently on your own.

I am available for group hire as well as private 1-to-1's and I can adapt my teaching style to suit your needs.

Usually, I like to go through the fundamental basics with students so they have a good grasp of basic tools before we learn about anything else.

These lessons include:

* Shading
* Materials
* Negative space
* Line direction
* Shapes
* Perspective

Once I feel the student has grasped these, we can begin to apply the theory to drawing things such as:

* Portraits
* Architecture
* Still Life
* Botanical
* Animals

I primarily teach adults however I am open to helping children too if they are passionate about drawing and have good concentration. I believe everyone is entitled to learn to draw and sometimes we just need a helping hand to reach our goals.

For some background information on my training, I have a fine art degree from Wimbledon College of Art, and I have trained with many masters such as Fernando Freitas and Coung Nygun. I now sell commissions both figurative as well as animal art and I often exhibit in galleries around London.

Rates

Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $48/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $193
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $386

Details

This is the standard rate for pencil drawing classes for all levels. The first class is always free and and if travel is needed, a £10 - £15 surcharge will apply.

The first class will be online as this is complimentary and any in person lessons can be discussed after. From November, a studio will be available for the student to visit the tutor to avoid any travel fees.

Classes are the same high standard virtually and physically.
If you need to cancel, please do let me know 24 hours in advance. If you have paid and cancel after this time, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Lessons offered by China
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Drawing
  • Life Drawing
  • Art School Preparation
  • Botanical Drawing
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

China's resume

Exhibitions/ Commissions
Painting Prize - D-Contemporary - 2019
Striving for Truth - The Sinclair Gallery -2019
Commission Amazon – The Grand Tour - 2018
Commission - Xero - 2017
Commission Dominos - Master Pizza’s -2016
Royal Institute of Oil Painters - Mall Galleries - 2015
Pancakes and Booze - Aldgate - 2015
Landscape Artist of the year - Sky Arts - 2014
Candid Arts Centre - Glass and Ceramics - 2014
RAW - Camden - 2013
Pop Up Exhibition - Vibe Gallery - 2013
Wimbledon Degree Show UAL - Wimbledon - 2013
Pop Up Exhibition - Balham Bowls Club - 2013
Hazchem - Gallery on the Corner - 2012
Capsticks - London - 2012

Workshop’s / Teaching
Drawing Tutor - Virtual -2020
Drawing Tutor - Group Classes – The Sinclair Gallery - 2019 - Current
Drawing Tutor - Private 1 on 1 - 2014 Current
Baker - ‘Foodival’ - Tooting - 2014
Artist + Workshop Leader - Neuroscience Vs Sexuality Latitude Festival - 2013

Publications
LandEscape Magazine - 2019
Art Of England ‘Graduate Shows To See’ - 2013
Fuss Magazine - 2010

Other Artist Experience
Artist – Feature Film Garden Gate Productions - 2014/15
Scenic Assistant - ‘Once There Was’ - Discover - 2014
Scenic Assistant - ‘Secret Agents’ – Discover - 2014
Artist Assistant - Lui Bolin - 2014
Scenic Artist - Vault Festival - 2014
Scenic Artist - Balham Bowls Club New Year Blitz - 2013
Scenic Artist – Balham Bowls Club Mexico - 2012
Story Board Artist - Talking Lens Productions - 2013
Story Board Artist - short film ‘Otto Floss’ - 2012
Scenic Artist Balham Bowls Club Las Vegas - 2011

Other Achievements
Founder - ArtistAnd - 2019
Founder - China’s Pawtraits - 2019
Gallery Consultant - Sinclair Gallery - 2019
Gallery Manager Unit London - 2018/19
Exhibition Manager - Halcyon Gallery - 2016/18
Art Technician - Halcyon Gallery - 2014/16
Gallery Assistant - Somerset House - 2014
Gallery Assistant - Proud Gallery - 2013
Events Coordinator and Gallery Assistant - Vibe Gallery - 2013
Assistant - ‘Academy of Realist Art’ - 2012
Young Artist Award - N. E. Lincolnshire - 2009
1st prize portrait competition (concealed information) - 2006

The 18 reviews on China
  • 4.9/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Tom

Perfect! China's lessons are really well thought out, and find a good balance of getting lots of experience but still understanding the theory behind what's going on. China's very friendly and the lessons are really enjoyable, whilst still learning a lot!

China's response

Lovely student to work with, he is picking things up really quickly and understands he logic easily. I can't wait to see how far he will go with this.

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Simon

Perfect! Brilliant first lesson. Extremely patient and easy to work with

China's response

Simon is a wonderful student and really focuses on the task in hand. He is a pleasure to teach.

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Sacha

Perfect! China is a brilliant teacher!! Not only is she polite and easy to talk to but she has listened to what I would like to achieve, is patient and reassuring and gives me enough confidence and praise to make me feel I am doing ok! I can be quite hard on myself!. I have already learnt so much from her in just 2 hours of tutoring from her (2 lessons). She has given me the perfect amount of “work” to practice and challenge myself. Looking forward to several more lessons with her.
Thank you China!

China's response

Sacha is really talented and tries really hard to perfect the lessons. A pleasure to be around and see progress each lesson. Well done.

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Andrea

Perfect! China is easy going, warm and friendly.
Her practical explanation on 1, 2 & 3 point perspective was really helpful. I really enjoyed the lesson and it was really helpful for my interior design studies.

China's response

A great student! Talented and entertaining - a pleasure to teach. She is progressing really quickly.

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S

Excellent! I really liked the lesson. It was nice to do something entirely different after a long day. A fun break!

China's response

A* student. Amazing approaches to the difficult drawings we face and very good observation skills. A pleasure to teach each week!

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David

Perfect! Friendly, a new technique I haven't tried. A good first lesson :)

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Sophie

Perfect! Our boys came out of their lessons with big smiles!

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Claire

Perfect! She makes complicated-looking drawings look easy. I really enjoy the art lessons. Looking forward to the next lesson.

China's response

Jerry is a great student and tries really hard in class :)

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Anelia

Perfect! China is a lovely and helpful tutor

China's response

Lovely student! Really good attention to detail and great at focusing on the task in hand.

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Michel

Perfect! C

China's response

Dany has faced a lot of challenges and he is dedicating the time to fixing and improving them. I have been very impressed with his dedication and progression over the last 5 weeks.

4 recommendations

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Sanjay

Can I just say a MASSIVE thank you to China! When applying to art school China really helped my develop some of the areas I was not so confident in. Loved her open but direct attitude to learning, it really put me at ease. Thanks again China, keep doing what you're doing you've really helped put me on the right track!

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Jo

China is a wonderful teacher and has a brilliant knack of putting all her pupils at ease and brings out the best of them. She is incredibly knowledgable about techniques, very patient and encouraging. She makes every session different, with lots of fun exercises and creative ways of making drawing and painting so much fun as well as learning new skills. My own drawing and painting skills have come on leaps and bounds since not picking up a pencil or brush in 10 years so thank you China for reigniting my passion for both!

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Jane

Truly fantastic! Well done to China Jordan for holding such fun and inspiring online classes during lockdown. Great way to catch up with friends, old and new, and try to get the creative juices flowing again! Thank you!

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Maya

China is an excellent and very trustworthy tutor. Throughout the covid 19 lockdown she led her virtual ArtistAnd drawing lessons 3 times a week without fail, even on a Friday night. She has excellent people skills, including everyone in the class and making them feel welcome and she has such brilliant ways of teaching her classes, always coming up with innovative and creative ways to learn. Highly recommend her as a tutor, I learned and developed my drawing skills so much with her lessons.

Interview with China

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you start practicing? How did this passion find you?
China — I have been selling artwork since the age of 23 but training and drawing for many years before that to become a realist portrait artist. I found my passion as a small child when I first discovered the shape of an eye was not a circle, but an almond shape. I ran home and asked my dad to show me how to draw objects and we went through some simple 3D drawings and I was hooked. 25 years later, I am still hooked to painting and drawing and learning.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Which artists or works affect you the most?
China — The artists that inspire me the most are the likes of Mitch Griffiths, Cuong Nugyen and the classics like Da Vinci and Rembrandt. These artists are incredibly powerful at storytelling through realism and depicting nature in an amazing way.
QUESTION 03 | 08
What are the qualities and skill required to succeed in this area?
China — To be able to succeed in realistic art you need patients, perseverance and a yearning for learning as cliche as that sounds. You need to drop all expectations and allow yourself to fail before you get better. If you never fail, there will never be room for improvement. You need to learn to see in a different way in order to improve your own translation from the visual world onto the 2D surface.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?
China — Give yourself a break! Often I find students are so disappointed in themselves when they don't draw perfectly for the first time and when we try something new, they are frustrated that they haven't mastered it already. If you were that good already, you wouldn't be needing lessons. Be kind to yourself and celebrate the small wins.
QUESTION 05 | 08
How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?
China — My passion is creating a lifelike representation of whatever subject I am drawing. If I have captured the likeness and brought the character or object to life then I have done my job well. It makes me feel like I have achieved something each and every time and so if I can draw something everyday, I am then achieving everyday.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?
China — I am proud of working for several major brands with my painting skills. My best achievement was when I collaborated with Dominos to help the launch of the master pizza series. I painted the Mona Lisa eating pizza and it was a nationwide press event. Pretty cool.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?
China — Yes, I am often blown away by students' achievements and their dedication to a particular drawing. I always have low expectations with students so that we can work on perfecting the fundamentals and sometimes people speed through that stage really quickly! Other dont, but that's fine because we then we move on when the time is right :)
QUESTION 08 | 08
Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?
China — Having great students :)

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