Intermediate & Advanced Portraiture with Jordan Xu


750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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Anna Schoenfeld 


Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017                7 to 10 p.m.

Cost:  $145.00 for the four week session ($120 for the class and $25 for the model fee). 

This is a class for intermediate to advanced portrait students who would like to further develop their painting skills. The emphasis will be placed on the following topics:

1. Colors: discover the power of color temperature, complimentary colors, contrast and many other concepts behind a compelling portrait painting. In particular, we will dissect the mystery of skin color and learn how to paint glowing, life-like skin.

2. Edges and Transitions: This is a very important topic that many artists overlook as they learn how to paint portraits. You will learn the techniques to transition one color into another in a fully controlled manner that will give your painting the loose, painterly quality that we see in the works of the masters.

3. Common Features: From the glistening, translucent eyeballs, the shiny, flowing hair to a realistic hand, you will learn the strategies to approach and refine these difficult yet important features in a portrait painting.

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

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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.


Class Policies:

Late Registration:

  • Late class registrations are accepted at the discretion of the instructor if space is available with no fee reduction.

Class cancellations:

  • The instructor reserves the right to cancel any class, workshop, or camp that does not meet minimum enrollment.  If your class is cancelled, you will be notified by the instructor.

Inclement Weather Policy:

  • Decisions on cancellations due to weather will be made two hours prior to the start of class and communicated by the instructor. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, please contact your instructor for information on whether the class will be held.

Make-up Policy:

  • Classes cancelled by the instructor due to weather or other emergency will be rescheduled as the calendar allows.  Credits will not be issued to participants who are unable to attend the make-up class. 


  • Refunds will be given at the discretion of ArtSpace Herndon.
  • If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, ArtSpace Herndon will refund the full registration amount.
  • For all other reasons, the amount of a refund, if given, will depend on whether the class meets minimum enrollment after the cancellation, the timing of the request relative to the start of the class, the number of classes remaining, and will be less the administrative fee of $25.00.
  • Any requests for class refunds should be made in writing (letter or email) no later than two weeks prior to the first day of the class.  A $25 administrative fee will be charged.
  • Refund requests should be sent to ArtSpace Herndon by email at or regular mail to ArtSpace Herndon, PO Box 940, Herndon, VA 20172. 
  • Please call 703-956-6590 to alert ArtSpace Herndon that you are requesting a refund.
The following activities are NOT permitted at ArtSpace Herndon:
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the facility. 
  • Boisterous behavior is not acceptable.  ArtSpace Herndon and it’s representatives have the right to remove the user and/or any guest of the user that is not following the guidelines for the premises.
  • The use of candles and any type of open flame is prohibited.