Join me for a 5 or 10-Day Intensive Program on Pastel Portraiture at Flemish Classical Atelier. Beautiful studio, Amazing city.

  • April 17-21 and April 24-28, 2017
  • Flemish Classical Atelier 

(Bruges, Belgium) This workshop will feature live models, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life using soft pastels and pastel pencils. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session.

The first day of the workshop will be an orientation to all materials involved and a complete demonstration of the process of painting the head from a live model. Students will do some exercises on how to apply pastels on sanded paper to create realistic skin-tones. The remainder of the ten-day workshop will continue with instruction on the proportions of the head from basic line to more advanced anatomical study. From there, we will focus on developing a likeness from the model by learning to interpret what we see–simplifying the features and focusing on basic shapes and forms as described by masses of color, plus light and shadow. Demonstrations and individual attention will be emphasized, enabling each student to produce a finished drawing by workshop completion.

This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet focused working environment for all skill levels. The core of the lesson will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in pastel.

For a 5-day workshop, choose which week works best for you. For a more intensive learning experience, choose to attend both weeks.

More information available on the Flemish Classical Atelier website.

Call Telephone: +32.472.63.2588 

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Thanks to the following photographers who provided their photos of Bruges for free Creative Commons usage through Flickr:
Chris (berlinrider)
Gael Varoquaux
Luis Eduardo P Tavares (leptavares)

All images copyright Cuong Nguyen. Do not use without permission.