Fechin Art Workshops: Zhaoming Wu

by FO



9 – 13 September, 2019
Hotel St. Bernard
Taos Ski Valley, NM

All-inclusive Tuition: $1950
Workshop includes 5 day instruction, model fees, private room and meals at the Hotel St. Bernard, (stbernardtaos.com), Salon des Arts, New Mexico taxes & hotel gratuity. Arrival is Sunday, the day before the workshop begins, concluding after lunch on Friday.

Limited to 20 students
(Cancellation date: 9 August 2019. Flight insurance is recommended.)




Born in Guangzhou, China, Zhaoming Wu grew up during the Cultural Revolution. 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. Active for many years as both an artist and a teacher, Zhaoming has works exhibited in museums and private collections around the world.


Although he is best known for his figurative painting, using live models with flowing drapes, he is inspired by and paints the landscape. The natural elements remind him of the curves of the body and folds of the cloth. Influenced by the 19th century French painters, he describes his work as representational, but not traditional classical. This technique can be seen through the combination of more modern elements and understanding of graphic design. 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 major domestic 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 7 books and was featured in 3 instructional DVDs.


Major awards and honors have been given to Zhaoming Wu. These organizations include the International Artist’s Magazine, Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, among others. For 3 consecutive years, he was a juror of an international art contest at the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain.


In this 5-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting. It will be applied to figure 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 mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure 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.

His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year.


Portable Easel Box, any type as long as it’s easy to set up
Wet Painting Carrier Box
Palette, any type except paper palette
Good quality (Sable) Flat brushes for the small to medium sizes (#1, #2, #4, #6, #8, #10 and #12)
Three good quality synthetic or brushes for the larger sizes (one inch or one and half inch)
Two Fan Brushes (#2)
Angle shape watercolor brush used for oil, #5 #8 (optional)
You will need four canvases, 18×14 or 16×12 for figure paintings
Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) or Odorless Turpenoid (turpentine substitute)
Linseed Oil
Paper Towels

My recommended palette:

    • Titanium White
    • Cad. Yellow
    • Cad. Orange
    • Cad. Red
    • Terra Rosa
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Van Dyck Brown or Raw Umber
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean blue