Portrait in pastel
- a 5-day workshop with Cuong Nguyen -
from June 12th to June 16th, 2023 (5 consecutive days)
Atelier Nadaï is delighted to receive internationally renowned artist Cuong Nguyen who will come and teach a 5-day Portrait in pastel workshop. Cuong will teach you how to create more realistic portrait in pastel pencil using his distinctive yet easy-to-follow technique as well as his approach to the verdaccio technique.
During this workshop Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from a photograph 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 course.
These workshops are 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 learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session. This is a great opportunity for you to discover your own passion for drawing, or just take your existing skills to the next level. This is a small class with individualized instruction, so space is limited.
This course will be offered back to back with Cuong Nguyen's Portrait in oil workshop!
5-day Portrait in pastel
This 5-day workshop will be on creating a realistic Portrait in pastel. The first day of the workshop will be an orientation to all the materials involved and a demonstration of the process of drawing the objects. Students will do some exercises on how to apply pastels on sanded paper to create a realistic portrait.
The remainder of the workshop will continue with instruction on the proportions of the subjects from basic line to more advanced study. From there, we will focus on developing a likeness from the photographic reference by learning to interpret what we see – simplifying and focusing on basic shapes and forms as described by masses of colors, plus light and shadow. Demonstrations and individual attention will be emphasized, enabling each student to produce a finished drawing by workshop completion.
Techniques of Portrait in Pastel by Cuong Nguyen
What you will learn*
Day 1 - Preparatory drawing: Presentation of the material and basic learning of the Cuong skin tone technique
Day 2 - coloring the first subject: the various values contained in the skin tone using the verdaccio technique (green base).
Day 3 - continuing the coloring and finishing: lessons on the proportions of the head, from the basic strokes to the more advanced anatomical study.
Day 4 - coloring the second subject: the various values contained in the skin tone using the verdaccio technique.
Day 5 - continue the coloring and finishing of the second subject: proportions of the head, from the basic strokes to the more advanced anatomical study.
*Outline of the program is for informative purpose; the program may therefore receive modifications if necessary
Places are limited to 10-12 students!
Date: June 12th to June 16th, 2023
Duration: 5 days from Monday to Friday: a total of 35 hours
7 hours of class per day from 9:00am-12:00pm and 13:30pm-17:30pm
Instructor: Cuong Nguyen
Location: Atelier Nadaï, 8 rue François Arago, 47000 Agen, France
Tuition: 1200.00 euros net (our courses are exempt of VAT).
Cuong's live instructions and daily critic of your work
free sheets for drawing portrait in pastel
color photos of portrait subject
coffee, tea and biscuits during breaks
Materials needed for the class
We ask that you bring the following materials for this workshop
1 set of CarbOthello - set of 60 colors
artist masking tape
large drawing folder (to carry back your work)
soft pastel for background
6 board clips