5.0 (5)
2 hires on
26 years in business

About this pro

 I have been doing, studying art since I was child, winning awards in painting, illustration and sculpture. I fell in love with sculpture and stone carving in high school.  I then received a BFA in sculpture from Alfred U. and have carved stone for 40 years. I have taken many trips to Italy and studied art and architecture in the Cornell U. Rome program. I have a life size Madonna and Child carving commission at the National Shrine in Washington, DC. I sculpt, paint and draw. I have been teaching sculpture and drawing for 10 years at Washington Studio School and W. Waldorf School. Drawing is always a taught component in sculpture classes. At Waldorf I teach H.S. stone carving & clay modeling. I embrace a world perspective.

I am happy to impart my knowledge from practical experience. It is very satisfying to have a receptive student eager to learn creating a mutual growth experience.

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Washington, DC 20001
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5 Reviews


  • Julie Souza

    I typically don’t write reviews, but for this guy I had to. I initially was apprehensive because I hadn’t touched art professionally in a long time. He was very patient and thorough from the very beginning. I will be continuing to receive courses from him going forward, because the transition back in was so easy. He has returned my inspiration.

  • Sharapat Kessler

    I liked the way Jon-Joseph taught to look and see the figure pointing out the lines and curves that wait to be discovered. Also, the freedom that was given to explore and experiment.

  • Leslie Cohen

    The instructor is a very passionate, skilled sculptor who is able to apply his experience in his teaching and who really cares about assisting his students in achieving an understanding of the material presented.

  • Savy Sanchez

    Jon Joseph is an excellent artist and an inspiring teacher. His classes are challenging however with his support nothing is out of reach. I enjoyed every assignment, both working from models and still life. I highly recommend StudioRussoLLC. You will see the improvement in your craft and will not be disappointed.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I have worked with many beginner students who have either not taken sculpture or many drawing classes. In this case I have projects which teach basic art principles (compositon, proportion). If you have work I would welcome seeing it to guage your experience. Also if you have specific ideas to study I would want to know your goals and what you want to accomplish with classes.  For sculpture, drawing, painting I always begin with fundamentals, basic concepts and principles. If you want to learn the figure this is one area of my expertise. I teach a process of constructing the figure/head, whether sculpture or drawing. Also I have a hands on approach, showing you directly with your work.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Besides a BFA, Sculpture I have a Masters Landscape Architecture and worked in a design office. I also have my own design/build practice since 1996. I also apprenticed with nationally commissioned figure sculptor Ray Kaskey for 2 years. I specialized in mouldmaking for bronze casting.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Individuals: $45./hour -sculpture, $45./hour -painting/drawing (at my studio or online), $5./hour additional, at your location.

Multiple students: Varies depending on number, days per week. $60./hour -sculpture (3-4 students)

How did you get started teaching?

I was selected by professors as a Teacher Assistant for design studio classes at Cornell U. I later began teaching sculpture as a transition from my landscape architecture practice, back to my first passion - art.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginners, to intermediate levels, with or without art backgrounds. I have had students all ages from pre-teen and up.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I had my first solo exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington from Fall 2020 until July 2021.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would look the teacher's work to see if you like it, if there is a discernable skill level. More importantly determine if their teaching style/philosophy is compatible.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Knowing what one wants to accomplish.

Lessons offered

Acrylic Painting Lessons Drawing Lessons Sculpting Classes Watercolor Painting Lessons