September | Two x Two Day | Pastel Portraiture Workshop | Cuong Nguyen


September | Two x Two Day | Pastel Portraiture Workshop | Cuong Nguyen

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Total Cost per Two Day Workshop : €370.00

Option 1 : Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, 2019

Option 2 : Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September, 2019

10am - 5pm

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About these 2 Day Workshops

These 2 day workshops are designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet focused working environment for all skill levels.

The core of the lessons will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone colour.

Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel.

The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. 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 indiviualised instruction, so space is limited.


Meet Cuong

Growing up in poverty after the fall of Saigon, Cuong’s greatest pleasure was finding time to draw. At a young age, he earned extra money for his family by doing street portraits, and he was accepted to Saigon’s Academy of Art while in high school. Even as a child, Cuong was fascinated by the human face, and his single-minded practice of drawing eyes and other features rewards us today with portraits that have a spark of life to them.

His study at the Academy of Art in Saigon was interrupted when he had the opportunity to emigrate to the U.S. in 1991, and the challenge of establishing himself within a new country and culture temporarily distracted him from his love of fine art. He earned a degree in illustration from San Jose State University and established a successful career as an icon designer with a prominent Silicon Valley Web company.

Ultimately, though, his passion for fine art resurfaced. It began first as a new hobby—participating as an artist at public street painting festivals, creating ephemeral artworks as large as 16 x 24.

Cuong soon established a reputation for painting amazingly lifelike portaits on asphalt, and he was invited to participate in festivals around the world. More importantly, though, this activity brought him back to painting, and he was soon back in his studio endlessly refining his technique with more traditional media.


Cuong is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism, as well as having been awarded the distinction of Distinguished Pastellist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. His work has appeared at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California, and the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, as well as in both national and international competitions exhibiting from coast to coast

Today, Cuong works in both oil paints and pastels, though casual viewers may at first have trouble distinguishing the two media in Cuongs hands. Though he almost never blends his strokes, Cuong achieves a level of detail and smoothness of gradations that is unusual in pastel paintings. In oils, he aims for a realism that never crosses the line to photographic, so that the viewer always has a sense for how the image was formed from its raw materials. Regardless of media, however, Cuong Nguyens paintings always reveal a fundamentally optimistic view of the world and a sense of wonder towards the beauty that surrounds us.

Cuong is currently represented by John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California.



Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card 19”x25” (Recommended colour: Dark Gray)

2. Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencils (Required colours)

Titanium White (100), Ivory (105), Carmine Red (310), Magenta (335), Violet Deep (385), Ultramarine Blue Middle (430)

Leaf Green Middle (570), Leaf Green (575), Olive Green (585), Leaf Green Deep (595), Raw Umber (610), Dark Ochre (615)

Burnt Ochre (620), Burnt Umber (625), Bister (635), Caput Mortuum Violet (640) , Caput Mortuum Violet Light (642)

Caput Mortuum Red (645), Burnt Sienna (670) , Dark Flesh Tint (680), Flesh Tint Light (681), Sienna (685), Gray 1 (700)

Gray 3 (704), Gray 4 (706), Gray 5 (708), Cold Gray 1 (720), Cold Gray 4 (726) , Neutral Black (750), Lamp Black (760)

3. Additional pastels of your choosing:

Some Nupastels and/or soft pastels that you may use for clothing and backgrounds

4. Accessories:

Drawing board (23”x26”) Utility knife for sharpening pencils (models with perforated, snap-off blades are best) Artist tape to hold drawing paper in place Paper towels Mahl stick (optional)