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Sat, Sep 16


Art Zone Gallery

[San Francisco, USA] Expressive Portrait Drawing with Zin Lim

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[San Francisco, USA] Expressive Portrait Drawing with Zin Lim
[San Francisco, USA] Expressive Portrait Drawing with Zin Lim

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT – Sep 17, 2023, 4:00 PM PDT

Art Zone Gallery, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA


About The Event

[About the Workshop]

Improve your artistic proficiency, no matter your skill level, by enrolling in the upcoming Expressive Portrait Drawing Workshop. 

Led by renowned artist-instructor Zin Lim, whose signature style boasts of dynamic and expressive methods that capture movement and emotions in a unique way, this workshop promises to be a turning point in your artistic journey. 

Drawing on the principles of visual elements, composition, and value schemes, Zin Lim will guide you through building the structure of a portrait painting with charcoal strokes. You'll also have the opportunity to create a personalized portrait from reference photos provided or your own. Take advantage of this exclusive experience to elevate your artistry and stylization. For inquiries, please email us at


  • 600USD (Full time with Spot Priority, VAT, tax, and fee included) via PayPal or Credit card.

[Date & Hours] 

  • September 16-17th, 2023. 10 am - 4 pm.
  • 1-hour lunch break in the middle of workshop hours. 


  • Art Zone Gallery
  • 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA
  • 2nd floor next to JC Penney. 

* To ensure that you are up-to-date with any changes to the event, please make sure to enter a valid email address during signup. If there are any changes to the location of the event, we will notify you via email as soon as possible.

[Material you will prepare]

Drawing Pad: Strathmore, 300 or 400 series, Drawing, medium surface,  14x17 inch or larger. (Followings are also fine)

  • Strathmore, 400 or 500 series, Charcoal,  12x17 inch or larger. 
  • No 'New Sprint', 'Bristol' or 'Smooth surface', They don't work well with charcoal sticks.

Willow Charcoal: 1 thick and 1 thin stick. (General, Cortes, Winsor Newton, or any brand)

Charcoal Pencil: 'General' charcoal pencil (HB). Link. If you don't find a 'General' brand, just bring a vine charcoal (hard or medium) stick. Or no pencil is fine.

Kneaded eraser: link

(Optional) Blending stump: link

(Optional) Utility Knife: for sharpening a pencil.

(Optional) Sandpaper: link. for sharpening pencil and vine charcoal sticks.

(Optional) Drawing board: any wooden, plastic, or thick paper board for backing the drawing pad.

(Optional) Workable Fixative: to preserve your drawing for your portfolio.

(Optional) Portable easel. (No easel is fine, too. You can put a drawing pad on the table.)


"I enjoyed it. I'm frankly very tired of doing hyper-realistic drawings - it's just not that 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 representative. Getting to learn more expressive techniques and getting to learn from you has been so enlightening and just truly a joy. I really appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness you put into this course."

- Katie K.

"This was amazing, I learned so much. Most of all, that drawing in this way is much more a state of mind than I realised. Thank you Zin!”

- Nathan A.

[Ticket Policy]

We understand that sometimes life gets in the way of our plans. That's why we offer a flexible refund policy for our event tickets. 

  • If you need to cancel your attendance, you can receive a 100% full refund if you do so by 2 weeks before the 1st day of the event. 
  • If you cancel within 1 week before the event, we offer a 90% refund. 
  • For cancellations within 1 week of the event, we offer a 50% refund.
  • In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the workshop, we will provide a full refund regardless of when the cancellation occurs.

We also want to ensure that you have the ability to transfer your ticket to another person if needed. Your friend can attend the event in your place, as long as they present your event ticket in print or digital format.

Please note that workshop hours may be subject to adjustment based on the building hours of the local venue. We will notify you by email if any changes occur.

We hope this policy gives you peace of mind and allows you to confidently plan your attendance at our event.

Welcome any questions to

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!!!


  • SF Full-time


    Bring your artworks, tell about your art journey and challenges, and get ideas for solutions. 45 minute Portfolio Review by Zin Lim. On March 26, 27or 28, 2019 at appointed location in Dubai To make an appointment we will email you on a week prior to workshop date.




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