- Hourly rate £35
- Response Time 14h
- Number of students 50+
1st lesson free!
Professional artist offering realistic drawing classes from basic fundamentals to professional portraiture.
- at your home
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. China will be happy to arrange your first Drawing lesson.
About the lesson
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.
- Life Drawing
- Botanical Drawing
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:
* 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 Coung Nygun. I now sell commissions both figurative as well as animal art and I often exhibit in galleries around London.
Perfect! China is an incredible tutor - very patient, and is a master in what she is teaching. China also has a fantastic eye for detail, and can spot the smallest mistakes in your drawing to make sure you improve on those areas and become perfect. Super tutor, 5 stars! :)
- China's response : Arsalan is very enthusiastic and a pleasure to teach. He goes above and beyond when it comes to practising outside of lessons and I can see him improving really quickly.
Perfect! Hi China, Seb would love to have another lesson with you. Thanks for the lesson - sounded great. How does next Monday, for 17.00 at the new address in Clapham look for you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- China's response : Jerry is a great student and tries really hard in class :)
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.
- 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.
Perfect! Started off with square grid method. Looking forward to my next lesson.
- China's response : 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
- China's response : good observation skills and shading techniques!
Perfect! Had a great few lessons with China. We had no art experience so we started small with blocking images and shading. Most recently on perspective. Can't wait for the next one!
- China's response : Really good student to teach. He has a keen eye and eager to learn.
Perfect! China is a warm and engaging tutor who was so quick to reply and incredibly efficient and organised. Would highly recommend!
- China's response : Breagha was an incredible gifted student. Well done and looking forward to seeing you again!
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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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- 5h: £160
- 10h: £315
- + ££10
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.
Find out more about China
When did you start practicing? How did this passion find you?
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.
Which artists or works affect you the most?
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.
What are the qualities and skill required to succeed in this area?
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.
What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?
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.
How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?
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.
What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?
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.
Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?
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 :)
Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?
Having great students :)