Treat yourself to a weekend that focuses on honing your artistic skills. Personal and encouraging critiques of all student work will be provided.

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Cuong Nguyen

3-Day Drawing the Human Face with Cuong Nguyen

Dates: October 5, 6 & 7, 2018
Time: 10am – 4:00pm
Fee: $390 TMA member | $410 non-member


This 3-day portrait drawing workshop will begin with instruction on the proportions of the head from basic lines to more detailed rendering of features based on an understanding of anatomy. For the first day, students will learn to use pencil or conte to draw facial features and then how to put them together with realistic proportions. On the second day, Nguyen will do a demonstration of the process of drawing the head from a live model. We will develop a likeness of the model by learning to interpret what we see, and by simplifying the features and focusing on basic shapes and forms. If you are compelled to become a portrait artist and really want to master the art of how to draw faces that are realistic and lifelike, this workshop is for you!

Cuong Nguyen's Bio

Trained to be a traditional portraitist at the age of 10 in his native Vietnam, Cuong has always had a passion for drawing human faces. He believes that a successful painting requires that he establish an emotional connection with his subject, so that the viewer in turn connects at an emotional level with his work. Cuong has been invited to teach in and outside the country, including Mexico, China, & Costa Rica. Cuong has won awards for his paintings, including Prix de Pastel at the IAPS’s 2011 Master Circle Exhibition and Grand Prize Award 2010 Pastel Journal Magazine. Cuong earned his PSA Master Pastelist, Master Circle status of IAPS, and Distinguished Pastelist of PSWC.


John Peck

3-Day Portrait Painting with John Peck

Dates: November 10, 11 & 12, 2018
Time: 10am – 4:00pm
Fee: $370 TMA member | $390 non-member


Learn classical portrait painting in this 3-day workshop designed for artists who wish to see and paint realistically!

This workshop is especially valuable to students who have experience drawing with charcoal on paper. Each session will begin with a brief lecture followed by work directly with a model. Friendly and encouraging critiques are provided throughout the three-day weekend. A discussion of tools and materials will be included.

Worshop Agenda

  • Day 1: Block-in drawing and monochrome underpainting
  • Day 2: First color
  • Day 3: Final color


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