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Drawing Frida

A Pastel Portrait Workshop

Drawing Frida

A Pastel Portrait Workshop

In this three hour workshop we’re going to create this pastel portrait of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. We’ll be working with various types of pastel, in one monochromatic color scheme. You will see me create this portrait from start to finish, in real time, so you can follow everything that I do in detail. I’ll share with you my thought process, choices, struggles and a variety of techniques.

I’m very excited about this workshop, and I hope you will join me! 🙂

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.  FRIDA KAHLO

The beauty of pastel

Pastel is such a fantastic material to work with! It’s a versatile medium that can be used in numerous ways. The colors are intense and luminous, and the rich, velvety texture is unique for pastel. It’s very forgiving, you can easily change it and make corrections. And for all these reasons it’s one of my most favorite mediums.

If you’ve never worked with pastel, or are unsure about how to use it, this is your chance to learn about this wonderful medium and get more experience. We’re going to work with soft pastel, hard pastel and pastel pencil, so you get a good understanding of how these different varieties of pastel can be used.

What will you learn in this workshop?

Even though we’re going to draw a portrait of Frida Kahlo, the techniques that you will learn can of course be applied to any pastel portrait that you want to create in the future. Some of the things you will learn in this workshop:

  • Sketching out a three-quarter face
  • Working with soft pastel, hard pastel and pastel pencil
  • Working with additional tools, such as a paper stump and other optional tools
  • Creating a background with pastel
  • Building up the portrait in layers
  • Creating shadows and light
  • Building up the portrait from broad to detailed
  • Drawing the hair
  • Working with variations of one reference photo
  • Creating a combination of detailed and more sketchy parts in your portrait
  • How to finish, store and frame the final drawing

Workshop outline

In the introduction video of the workshop I will tell you all about the supplies and tools and show you how to use them. I will also discuss how I finish and store the final drawing and things to pay attention to if you want to frame your drawing.

After this introduction it’s time to start the actual drawing. You will see me create the portrait from start to finish, in real-time, so you can follow everything that I do. This part of the workshop is divided into five separate videos.

The total time of the workshop is three hours. All videos and the reference photos can be downloaded and are yours to keep forever.

What will you receive

Three hours of video lessons

Three hours of video lessons, recorded in high-quality and real-time.

Downloadable videos & materials

You can download all the videos and other materials, so you can keep them forever.

Lifetime access

You get life-time access to the course website, so you can do the workshop in your own pace.

List of supplies

This is an overview of the main supplies that we’ll use. A more detailed list with some additional tools and alternative options will be available after registration.

Self-study workshop
Start directly after purchase
Lifetime access
All videos can be downloaded

€ 45

Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.

Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly?  FRIDA KAHLO

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?

Once you sign up, you can use the login and password that you chose for your account to access the private website of the class. Since this is a self-study class, all videos and materials are available right away on the website.

Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?

You get lifetime access to the workshop. In practice this means that the Drawing Frida website (including all videos) will remain accessible to you for as long as Drawing Frida is being offered for sale. If Drawing Frida at some point in the future isn’t going to be offered for sale anymore, you will have 6 months to download all materials if you want to keep them forever.

Can I download the videos?

Yes, you can download all the videos and other materials of this workshop.

Is there a dedicated Facebook group for this class?

There is no dedicated Facebook group for this class, but you are invited to join my personal Facebook group Juna Biagioni’s Art Atelier. It’s a great place to ask questions, share your work, and meet new art friends.

Can I get feedback from you on my work?

The self-study class does not include in-depth feedback on individual work. However, I am always available in the Facebook group if you have questions about supplies or other course related topics.

I am not very experienced in art. Can I sign up?

It’s no problem if you have no previous experience with pastels. All techniques will be explained and shown in the videos.

If you have never drawn a three-quarter face, or have no idea what tonal values are, then I suggest to take the course Drawing in the Soul first. That will give you a solid foundation for this workshop.

I feel a bit insecure about my art and not ready to show it to others. Can I participate without joining the Facebook group?

Yes, you can definitely participate without joining the Facebook group. However, you can also join the Facebook without having to post your work if you don’t want to. The group is private and provides a safe environment for all participants of every level. It’s also a place where you can get support, ask questions, and meet new friends.

I don't have a Facebook account. Do I need one in order to do the workshop?

You don’t necessarily need a Facebook account to follow the course. The workshop website is a dedicated website that you get access to after you sign up for the class. The Facebook group is optional. However, if you do want to join the Facebook group but don’t have a Facebook account (yet), you can also consider creating a Facebook account just for this workshop alone.

Do you work with a reference photo in this workshop?

Yes, we will be working with reference photos in this workshop. They will be available for download from the class website.

Can I get a refund after purchasing this course?

Due to the downloadable nature of this course, no refunds are given after purchasing this course.

Can I give this course as a gift?

Certainly! Just contact me by filling in the form below and I’ll be happy to help.

How can I contact you?

You can contact me by filling in this form.

Practical Info

Click here to read the practical information before purchasing the workshop.

Access to the course

Once you have purchased your course, you return to a confirmation page with an overview of your registered courses. When you click on a course you should be already logged-in to the course site and have immediate access to the classroom.

If at any time you need to login to the site, you will need your username (the email address that you used to sign up for the course) and the password which you chose when you signed up. With your username and password you can always access your courses by clicking on ‘Login’ at the top of this website.

Practical requirements

This course will be presented online, so you need a web browser. I recommend Chrome or Firefox. Make sure your browser is updated to the latest version.

You will get the best results if you use a laptop or computer. You can use smaller devices (like a tablet) as well, but then the layout may change slightly.

If you want to download the videos, you need space on the hard drive of your computer, or an external storage like an external hard drive or a USB stick.

Other requirements:

  • A high-speed internet connection to be able to download the videos or watch them online.
  • A basic understanding of IT, like reading emails, watching videos online, reading PDF documents, and navigating websites like Facebook. If you’re having trouble with some IT related stuff some help can be given, but in-depth IT guidance cannot be given.
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