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Thu, Jun 06


TAP Centre for Creativity

Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

Join us for a 4 week course as we explore the anatomy of the human head using charcoal. 6PM - 9PM June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2024

Portrait Drawing in Charcoal
Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

Time & Location

Jun 06, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

Learn the anatomy of the human head as we work from live models using charcoal in this new four week course. Abandoning the fuss of oil paints, students will have the opportunity to better focus on the ever critical importance of structure, basic planes of the head and the effect of light on the sitter. We will also explore handling techniques to achieve roundness of form, preparing the head for placement of the features and adding just enough details to achieve a stunning human likeness. This course is essential preparation for anyone pursuing future studies in oil portraiture.

About the instructor

Paul Abeleira is a graduate of Western’s Visual Arts program. He continues his own studies in still life and portraiture in workshops  in New York, Wisconsin and Arizona, and has instructed artists in many facets of visual arts. Paul has taught at TAP for over 10 years and has received positive responses from his students who characterize him as a sensitive coach with a broad range of skills and knowledge. He is committed to making the learning experience worthwhile.

TAP is grateful for Community Arts Investment Program support that helps us to deliver this learning program.

Thursday evenings from 6-9pm

June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2024

Instructor: Paul Abeleira

Location: Cocker Fulton Studio

$190 + materials

Maximum of 10 students


1 pad newsprint, 18”x24”

2 bull clips

1 package SOFT VINE or WILLOW charcoal; NOT medium or hard (you can also use compressed charcoal sticks or Conte crayon will work also)

1 kneaded eraser

paper towels

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