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Beginning Portrait Painting

With instructor

Kai Lun Qu

Beginning Portrait Painting

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Thurs. 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course Description

Students will be exploring the art of painting the portrait from life. This course is primarily focused on painting the head in a convincing, representational manner. Initially, emphasis will be placed on shape and tonal relationships. The class will focus on creating a portrait from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes.

Classes will include a 1.5 hour demo each week, interchanging between grisaille and a full palette painting. After each demo, students will start working on their paintings where Kai will be sharing his tips and tricks on everything he knows, allowing students to gain a level up on their skills, no matter their experience.

What You'll Learn

Sharpening your drawing and value skills.

Measuring techniques such as utilization of plumb lines and shape recognition.

Reshape your perspectives on painting what you see instead of what you know.

Producing a balance of both grisaille monochromatic paintings and full palette painting.

How to utilize brush stroke economy.

Weekly live demonstrations with a variety of different subjects (will also take requests on a character to paint each week).

One on one personalized instructions.

One Day - Pay Per Class
$85.00 USD
4 week course
$280.00 USD
8 week course
$530.00 USD
12 week course
$780.00 USD
18 week course
$1125.00 USD
24 week course
$1440.00 USD

Enrollment Options



Kai Lun Qu

Kai Lun Qu is known for his alla prima paintings filled with expression and painterly strokes that evoke deep emotions. His unique blend of traditional style with a contemporary twist is a result of two extremes: a formal training in China’s most prestigious art academy, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and intense studies with renowned contemporary painters like Daniel Keys, Tim Rees and Michelle Dunaway in the United States.

He is a recipient of the Certificate of Excellence for his painting Ashton in the 20th Annual International Portrait Society of America Competition. Kai has had his work exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US. His work has also been included and published by Poets Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, Kai was featured in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 Article, where he was one of 21 artists under the age of 31 being celebrated as rising art stars from across the West and around the country.

Kai is currently contributing as a Pro Team Artist for Trekell Art Supplies, Mentor for Sentient Academy, Member in The Circle of Gamblin Artists + Educators and is on the main faculty for the VisionX Global Art Conference.


Amy Olmedo

Classical Painting Student

I absolutely love my painting class at Kline! It is a supportive community for all your art endeavors. I have learned so much!

Additional Information

Sign up by the month/quarter to save!

*Note - Ongoing classes bill from the beginning of the month but you can start your instruction any week!  

*Also be sure to prepay, as this class fills up quickly!

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