Expressive portrait drawing workshop from life models

Oct 2 - Oct 6, 2023
Daily Schedule
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(1-hour break at 1:00 PM)
Hartley gallery
Open to the public
RSVP required
Limited to 12 seats
Tuition | $1200
Early bird tution (paid before Sep 12) | $1000
Payments may be made through PayPal or Zelle to (please kindly send payment to Oliver Sin as “friends & family”)
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About the Workshop

Take part in an immersive and inspiring 5-day Expressive Portrait Drawing workshop, exclusively at the Salmagundi Club!

This workshop is crafted to provide a comprehensive yet accessible experience for artists of all levels, whether you are a beginner looking to explore your creative potential or an experienced artist seeking to refine your techniques. This workshop is designed to meet you where you are on your artistic journey. It offers you a unique opportunity to learn from the artist himself. Oliver’s expertise and passion for teaching will guide you through the process of creating stunning expressive portrait drawings. This workshop will help you delve into the fundamentals of drawing portraits, focusing on essential knowledge of shapes, planes of heads, anatomy, value rendering, and more through a series of engaging exercises and step-by-step demonstrations. Students will learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture drawings with vine charcoal, charcoal pencils on drawing papers, and tone papers.

One of the highlights of this workshop is the chance to receive personalized feedback and guidance from Oliver. He has over 22 years of professional teaching experience at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With his keen eye and constructive critique, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills and elevate your portrait drawings to new heights. This workshop is limited to 12 in-person students. Spaces are limited, so secure your spot today by emailing Oliver. Let’s embark on a journey of creativity, self-discovery and unlock the artist within you.

Materials to Bring

  • Extra Soft Vine Charcoal
  • Willow Charcoal
  • A pad of 18 by 24 inch Strathmore 70 lbs Drawing Paper. Medium Surface
  • A pad of 18 by 24 inch Smooth Newsprint
  • 4B and 6B charcoal drawing pencils, “General’s” brand
  • Brown pastel pencil, “Stabilo” brand #645
  • White Pastel Drawing Pencils, “General’s” brand
  • Toned Charcoal Paper, any mid-tone gray or brown drawing paper, medium surface
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • X-acto knife
  • Final Faxitif

About the Instructor

Oliver Sin is a man in his 30s or 40s with arched eyebrows, wearing a sweater over a dark button-down.Oliver Sin is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, with a BFA in Illustration. After Oliver graduated in 1996, he started his art career as a computer game concept artist at LucasArts. Since 2001 until now, Oliver has returned to his own school to be an art professor for the School of Fine Arts and 2D Animation. Oliver has been so drawn to art even as a little boy, he started drawing at the age of 3. Somehow, portraiture just seems to be his favorite form of expression which he constantly practices, not only as an art professor but as a favorite hobby as well. Since 2011, Oliver has been lucky enough to come across a few distinguished contemporary artists as his mentors, ZhaoMing Wu and Henry Yan. Their tireless guidance has urged him to put greater efforts into capturing fleeting human expressions and paying more attention to precise composition in figurative portraits.

Oliver’s first art book, Drawing the Head for Artists is published in 2019, hereafter, the Spanish, Dutch, and German versions become available in 2020. Oliver’s first educational step-by-step DVD, Portrait Drawing Simplified was published by Streamline Publishing in April 2022. Two of Oliver’s portraits were commissioned and featured on the cover of Time Magazine as part of their “100 Women of the Year” project, March 2020 issue, see attachment. Oliver’s vine charcoal portrait drawing of his dad won First Place in Drawing at the Portrait Society of America International Art Competition in 2021. For consistent achievements of artistic excellence in the art field of fine art portraiture, Oliver has earned “Signature Status” with the Portrait Society of America in 2022.

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