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.
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.