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Wed, Dec 25



[Dubai, UAE. 2024] Portrait Drawing and Painting

*For any experienced-level artists who have been drawing or painting portraits in any medium. *Workshop runs in English.

[Dubai, UAE. 2024] Portrait Drawing and Painting
[Dubai, UAE. 2024] Portrait Drawing and Painting

Time & Location

Dec 25, 2024, 10:00 AM GMT+4 – Dec 30, 2024, 4:00 PM GMT+4

Dubai, Dubai - United Arab Emirates


About The Event

[Expressive Head Drawing in Charcoal]

  • December 25-27, 2024

Workshop Description

Artist, Zin Lim's Expressive Head Drawing workshop will be a memorable and inspiring course.

Coming from South Korea, he will be instructing us on how to create good drawings that have emotion, rhythm, movement, and personal touch.

The instructor will share his unique direction of expressive drawing in lectures, presentations, and multiple demos from a live model. You will experiment to find a way to use your inner voice and the rhythm of your body and make lots of short and long posed drawings.

This course is for any experienced level of artist students.

  • Beginners will learn how to use charcoal medium, how to make interesting visual marks, and how to use those marks to create good figure drawings without being full of anatomic detail.
  • Advanced artists will learn to break their safe zone and shift their drawing style from tight to loose.

After attending this course you will broaden your perspective of head and portrait drawing approaches, enjoy the creating process more, and get an idea for your direction for the next drawing art.

Art Materials

  • Drawing pad: One from below. 35x40cm (14x17 inches) or larger.

- Strathmore Drawing Pad, 300 series, medium surface.

- (Recycled) Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium surface.

- Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, medium surface.

- Strathmore Charcoal pads (300 or 500 series).

- Fabriano Tiziano

- Canson Mi-Teintes

- Canson Ingres Vidalon

* If you can not have one from above, any local brands of drawing pads are acceptable.

* No 'New Sprint', 'Bristol', or anything has a 'smooth' surface, They don't work well with charcoal.

Optional materials

* Can't find the listed material in your town? No problem. Just bring anything you have.

[Alla Prima Portrait Painting in Oil] 

  • December 28-30, 2024. 

Explore the World of Expressive Portrait Painting!

Are you yearning to break free from the confines of tight and controlled portrait painting? Experience the exhilarating world of unpredictable textures and vibrant color blends created by expressive brush strokes in our upcoming portrait painting workshop! Guided by the accomplished instructor, Zin Lim, this immersive workshop is tailored for artists of all levels seeking to master the captivating art of creating loose and expressive portraits with a distinctive personal touch.

What to Expect:

  • In-Depth Exploration: Delve into the foundational elements of head painting, including proportion, gesture, and value systems.
  • Creative Process: Uncover the secrets of making intriguing brush marks, selecting a limited yet impactful color palette, and crafting a compelling composition that reflects your artistic voice.
  • Hands-On Experience: Engage in a series of activities where you'll create three Alla Prima paintings from carefully chosen photo references. These sessions will utilize expressive application techniques and stage breakdowns to breathe life into your portraits.

Why Join:

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from Zin Lim's wealth of experience and expertise in guiding artists towards achieving expressive and dynamic portraits.
  • Skill Enhancement: Whether you're a seasoned portrait artist looking to expand your skills or a beginner aiming to cultivate a fresh style, this workshop caters to a diverse range of skill levels.
  • Unique Learning Opportunity: Don't miss this incredible chance to elevate your portrait painting under the mentorship of Zin Lim. Seize the opportunity to enhance your techniques and bring a new dimension to your artistic repertoire.

Join us on a journey of artistic discovery and elevate your portrait painting skills to new heights. Reserve your spot now and embark on an enriching experience that promises to redefine your approach to portraiture!

Material list

  • Oil Paint: Any brand of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green (or Viridian), Burnt (or Raw) Umber, Ivory Black
  • Canvas paper pad or Stretched canvas (12x16 inch or larger, smooth surface is better).
  • Brushes: Various sizes of flat (either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair). Zin mostly uses low price/synthetic flat brushes.
  • Palette Knife: Sharp.
  • Palette: Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
  • Medium: Pure, Odorless 'Linseed oil’, ‘sunflower oil’, or 'safflower oil' (similar smell and texture to normal home cooking oil) in a jar. No fast-dry medium, such as; Liquin or Galkid. (At the workshop, Zin will use Sunflower oil + odorless mineral spirit).
  • Paper towel or rag: To wipe the oil with a brush.

*For our healthy study experience, please don't use fast-drying or smelly or toxic mediums, such as Liquin, galkid, etc. But use an odorless/no-smelly medium only.


  • "I enjoyed it. I'm frankly very tired of doing hyper-realistic drawings - it's just not relaxing. I think I will stick with the expressive figure drawing for a while and see if I can improve. I would be very interested in taking another class, especially expressive portraits." - Michael M.
  • "Thank you so much for teaching this class! The majority of my drawing classes in the past have focused very much on representation. Getting to learn more expressive techniques and getting to learn from you has been so enlightening and just truly a joy. I appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness you put into this course. - Katie K.
  • "This was amazing, I learned so much. Most of all, drawing in this way is much more a state of mind than I realized. Thank you, Zin!” - Nathan A.

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