Kai Lun Qu

Kai Lun Q.

San Jose, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I like to take pride in making my students feel secure and knowing and seeing the improvement they make within each session. I will be handing out a materials list prior to our lessons. Most students see a huge leap in drawing within the the first lesson! Class starts out usually with me giving a 1 hour demonstration on what I expect them to do as I cover and explain my entire process and thought and calculations that goes into drawing and painting. For the rest of the class I will be besides the student as they work giving them one on one pointers and as much help and explanation as they need in order to improve. Students start out with learning how to look and draw what they observe accurately by first working on simple geometric shapes such as spheres, cubes. We then will move on to Cast studies and after a few months of studying we will start on figures and portraits.

About Kai Lun Q.

Hi, there! My name is Kai, and I can't wait to meet you!
Spreading the joy of drawing and painting has always been a great pleasure of mines.

Being trained in China's most prestigious and renowned fine arts academy, CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine ArtsI) as well as studying in Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai Art and Design Academy, and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, I offer art classes in traditional realistic painting and drawing techniques, both Online and in my studio I set up within my studio.

Students of all levels are welcome. From beginners who love art and drawing but who have not had formal training, to experienced artists who want to gain a more solid grasp of fundamental principles, historical training methods lead to significant skill development within a few months of teaching.

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Sergei
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I had a huge coincidence by having a lesson with Kai in the Bay Area. He and I have the same point of view about learning drawing that helps me to understand his tips and instructions. It is a true pleasure to be his student, I was feeling like I’m detective who’s seeking for tips and clues and try to transfer all of that onto the paper. Also he is really good by explaining how to see simple shapes and figures in every object, how to extend an imaginary line and keep angles which did and will help me to draw more consciously. Highly recommend him anyone who wants to improve its drawing and painting skill.

Posted Jun 2, 2018
Antoinette
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Kai is the best art teacher I ever had, he is genuine and puts his heart and soul into making sure you learn everything there is to know to be a successful artist.

Posted May 10, 2018
Emily
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Kai is an excellent instructor and has left a tramendious mark on me as both a student and an artist. Kai may be young, but he has knowledge beyond his years through skill and ambitiously being self taught he has been commended on nationally. Kai in the fall attended FACE and was recently awarded a certificate of excellence from The Portrait Society of America. I very grateful to have worked with him and been walked through his very informative and beautiful demos. Crique from Kai is wonderful and facilitates vast and constructive improvement in skill level. Would highly recommend Kai!

Posted Mar 13, 2018
Natalie
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Kai is a masterful painting instructor who is immensely skilled with his craft. His philosophy in painting is very inspiring, and has long stayed with me in my career as an artist. Unlike professors in art colleges, Kai gives informative demos, and in all honesty has taught me more technical skills than my art college (and most other art colleges) did alone. I would definitely recommend Kai to any artist/painter (both new and experienced) out there, he’s both professional and approachable as an instructor.

Posted Mar 13, 2018
Ozge Y.
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I'm a believer in classical education so Kai was a perfect match as a teacher. Watching his demonstrations I visually register the method, and then the feedback I get on my drawings points me where I am lacking. I had all these ideas I wanted to draw/paint, but I couldn't form the correct shapes. I still have a long way to go to make those pieces but as van Gogh said "So that what used to seem to me to be desperately impossible is now gradually becoming possible". I guarantee you, learning realistic drawing will fuel your creativity even more.
Kai is an interactive teacher, so you will also hear many great stories and the names of many great artists that you can explore.

Posted Mar 11, 2018
Andrew
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Probably the most helpful and qualified art teacher Ive had so far, Kai is a great teacher and I think i learned more in the few weeks i worked with him than i did in the months of courses at my college. He helped show me a side of art I was ignorant to. I think if you are really serious about art then Kai is the teacher for you. Hes also very friendly and an overall really cool guy!

Posted Feb 23, 2018
Jeannie
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We are happy to have found Kai on TakeLessons. Kai works with our high school junior on her portfoilio and submissions for art competitions. The weekly online lessons involve setting goals, conceptualizing, live demonstrations and live coaching. We were initially worried about the effectiveness of online lessons but it has worked out perfectly so far in the second month of lessons. Our daughter has already shown improvement in her technique, and an enthusiasm for the lessons and for the pieces she’s working on with Kai.

Posted Jan 7, 2018
Hongyu
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Kai is an excellent teacher! I have been taking lessons with Kai for two months. Kai has a lot of unique drawing skills! I like how he encourages me to re-evaluate again and again, so I can practice my skills until I master them! The whole class process is fun and enjoyable. If you are looking for a patient, skillful teacher, you can't miss Kai!

Posted Jan 6, 2018
gerald
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very helpful

Posted Jan 5, 2018
Karen
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Kai is so unpretentious and open with his knowledge and expertise. He is an excellent teacher and very positive to all the students in class. I will be taking my fourth class with him soon and look forward to honing my skills with his guidance.

Posted Dec 8, 2017
Allen
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Kai has been a terrific teacher for me. I went with one idea of what I wanted and Kai has made me re-evaluate and has taken me to a place where my skill set will be so very much stronger. And he's done the in a caring and patient way that makes the whole process easy and enjoyable. I have learned more than I thought I would in a very short period of tie. Kai is a terrific teacher.

Posted Aug 16, 2017
Nish
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I have been taking lessons with Kai for a few months. Kai is an excellent teacher and an exceptional artist. I have been enjoying these classes.

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Mary
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I learned more in five sessions with Kai than in a whole semester at MICA

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Samuel J.

Kai is a exceptionally talented painter and colleague who is familiar with the craft of traditional technique, especially in the art of Alla Prima. Anyone who attends his class will be amazed by his atmosphere and enthusiasm in his art. If you wish to take a glance into the process of making traditional painting, Kai is the shoulder you should be looking over to.

Posted Aug 9, 2017

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Experience

Lead Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

CalColor Academy

Lead Instructor for Portfolio Development and Adult Courses at CalColor Academy.

Drawing and Painter Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present

School 33 Art Center

Instructing Oil Painting and Drawing Adult Classes. Classes Taught: Limited Palette Alla Prima Oil Painting: The Portrait 6 Week Workshop Alla Prima Oil Painting: the Portrait, 6 Week Workshop Charcoal Drawing: The Portrait, 6 Week Workshop

Education

Oil painting
Aug 2014 - Present

Maryland Institute College of Art

Fine Arts
May 2012 - Jun 2013

China Central Academy of Fine Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Excellence
Mar 2018

Portrait Society of America

Awarded a Certificate of Excellence for oil painting "Ashton" from the Portrait Society of America's 20th Annual International Competition. Part of a selected group of 26 out of 2733 International Entries

Awards

Certificate of Excellence
Mar 2018

Portrait Society of America

Robert Gamblin Paint Prize
Sep 2017

Gamblin Paint

Emerging Artist - Finalist
Jul 2017

Art Muse Contest

Art of the Portrait Award Scholarship
Sep 2016

Portrait Society of America

1st Place in National Congressional Art Competition
Jul 2014

US Congress

Affiliations

Portrait Society of America
May 2017
The Portrait Society is committed through its mission to providing educational resources to anyone interested in technical information, traditional aesthetics and the history of figurative art and portraiture. We offer complementary copies of The Art of the Portrait Journal and International Artist Magazine to all of our members. Additionally, we contribute to each issue of American Art Collector Magazine on topics related to portraiture and figurative art today.
Oil Painters of America
Apr 2016
Dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light. Through our national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.

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