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with Zhaoming Wu

In this 4-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting.  It will be applied to figure painting and portrait painting in an “alla prima” approach.  Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form.  It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create movement, mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting and portrait painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction and critiques.

Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style.

Zhaoming’s unique workshop is only offered a few times each year, so register soon to reserve your seat!  

Date & Time

April 11-14, 2023 ​

9:00am to 4:00pm


Sugar Land Art Center

104 Industrial Blvd.

Sugar Land, TX 77478


$825 (includes model fees)


10% off for 1st Time Students!

Use Code: FirstTime 

at checkout

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Learn more about Zhaoming below !


More about Zhaoming Wu

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Born in Guangzhou, China, Zhaoming Wu grew up during the Cultural Revolution as the son of a physician and a chemical engineer. Both parents recognized his talent at an early age. He drew with colored pencils and received private lessons in oil painting from an art college professor. He began to study Chinese brush painting at the age of 8. Following high school, he became a graphic artist at an advertising agency. He credits this experience in helping him to develop substantial painting skills as well as the art of story telling. Later, he graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art where he earned a BFA in painting and was as an assistant professor there for seven years.

After moving to San Francisco, California, he received his MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University where he is currently an instructor training a new generations of painters in classical methods. Active for many years as both an artist and a teacher, Zhaoming has works exhibited in museums and private collections around the world.

He is best known for his figurative painting, using live models with flowing drapes. Influenced by the 19th century French painters, he describes his work as "representational, but not traditional classical." Utilizing his knowledge of heightened colors and values, he makes powerful, conscious decisions about their application.

Recent national and international publications have highlighted his vibrant career and technique. He has been featured in many major art magazines such as Fine Art Today, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine. International publications include Arte Y Libertad (Spain), Art of Watercolor (China) and Pratique des Arts, (French). He has published 11 books and is featured in 3 instructional DVDs.


He has received many awards including awards from the International Artist’s Magazine, Oil Painters of America, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, among others.


Zhaoming conveys a kind and wise presence and is well liked by students. His workshops are limited to only a few throughout the year, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the Master.

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