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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China will plan your first lesson with care.
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 7 years old to 80 years. These lessons have been either just for fun as a hobby progression, alongside an education module or in a group situation.
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:
* Negative space
* Line direction
Once I feel the student has grasped these, we can begin to apply the theory to drawing things such as:
* Still Life
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 Cuong Nygun. I now sell commissions both figurative as well as animal art and I often exhibit in galleries around London.
This is the standard rate for pencil drawing classes for all levels. The first class is always free and and if travel is beyond 30 minutes, there will be an additional travel charge of £10 to cover time and cost and it will be up to the artists discretion if traveling is necessary. Any students who live really far is encouraged to try online class in their free session first.
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.
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
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
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
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!
Sacha is really talented and tries really hard to perfect the lessons. A pleasure to be around and see progress each lesson. Well done.
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.
A great student! Talented and entertaining - a pleasure to teach. She is progressing really quickly.
Excellent! I really liked the lesson. It was nice to do something entirely different after a long day. A fun break!
A* student. Amazing approaches to the difficult drawings we face and very good observation skills. A pleasure to teach each week!
Perfect! Friendly, a new technique I haven't tried. A good first lesson :)
Perfect! Our boys came out of their lessons with big smiles!
Perfect! She makes complicated-looking drawings look easy. I really enjoy the art lessons. Looking forward to the next lesson.
Jerry is a great student and tries really hard in class :)
Perfect! China is a lovely and helpful tutor
Lovely student! Really good attention to detail and great at focusing on the task in hand.
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.
Perfect! Started off with square grid method. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Great student, learns very quickly! Hassan is a pleasure to teach.
Perfect! Really friendly and fun. Also, a really quite classical and technically solid approach, which was what I wanted. Really enjoyed our first lesson China. Looking forward to the one next week. All best, Michael, SW London
good observation skills and shading techniques!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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