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create expressive faces using a variety of charcoal drawing techniques


create expressive faces using a variety of charcoal drawing techniques

Charcoal is one of my most favorite art supplies of all times. It’s a beautiful material that can be used in an endless variety of ways. You can draw from super soft and smooth, to expressive and raw with a lot of texture. It’s a very forgiving medium and therefore ideal for beginners. But also intermediate and advanced artists can use charcoal in all kinds of ways and let themselves be surprised by the versatility of this beautiful product.

The Many Faces of Charcoal is an in-depth portrait class all about this fantastic medium: charcoal. You’ll learn how to draw expressive faces, using a variety of charcoal drawing techniques and different types of charcoal.

Click the button below to sign up now, or continue reading for all details and practical info.

Sneak Peek

Here’s a little sneak peek of one of the projects of this class.

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.  PABLO PICASSO

About this class

The Many Faces of Charcoal is an online charcoal portrait course which runs for six weeks.

Each week we’ll do a full, in-depth project in which we’re going to create a charcoal portrait from start to finish. Every project will be different, using different techniques or styles. I will show and tell you exactly what I do and why I do it, so you can learn & practice the techniques and implement them in the future in your own style.

Besides the full-length weekly projects, we will also do weekly warm-up exercises and I will explain all about the materials and supplies.

And last but not least, you will also receive a full-length bonus project. 🙂

This is an online class, so the lessons are taught in video format and you can watch them from the comfort of your home. All videos are in real-time, so not sped up or partially skipped. You can watch me draw and hear me explain my process, what I do and why I do it. This means that you can follow exactly what I do, and if you want you can go back and watch certain parts again if you missed anything or something was unclear. You can watch the videos whenever you like and as many times you want!

The Projects

These are close-ups of the projects that we’re going to make.


Curious to know what types of charcoal and other supplies we’re going going to use in this class? Click the button below to download the full supply list! 🙂

What will you learn in this class

In this class you’ll learn to work with a variety of supplies and techniques, which you can then incorporate in your future work. Some of the things you will learn:

  • Working with a variety of charcoal supplies, including willow/vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils, and charcoal powder
  • Using additional tools to work with charcoal, such as brushes, various erasers, and more
  • Various ways to combine charcoal with other materials, such as gesso and water
  • Creating faces in different directions, including straight forward, three-quarter, profile, and downward tilted
  • Building up the portrait in layers
  • Creating shadows and light
  • Creating expressive marks, line work, and texture
  • Building up a portrait from broad to detailed
  • Creating a combination of detailed and more sketchy parts in your portrait
  • How to finish, store and frame the final drawing

Sneak Peek

Here’s another sneak peek of one of the projects of this class.

Practical Info

The Many Faces of Charcoal is now available as a self-study class. After purchase you get immediate access to all the lessons, so you can do the course comfortably in your own pace. You get lifetime access to the course website and all videos can be downloaded so you can keep them forever and do the lessons as many times as you like.

You will also get access to a dedicated Facebook group, where you can show your work, connect with fellow students, ask questions, and share tips.

What will you receive

13+ hours of video lessons

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

Downloadable videos

You can download all the videos, so you can do the lessons any time and keep them forever.

Lifetime access

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

Additional Course Materials

Additional course materials, such as weekly supply lists and reference photos. Can be downloaded for future reference.

Dedicated Facebook Group

Access to a dedicated private Facebook group for this class, where you can show your work, get support, and connect with other students.

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Self-study course

  • 13+ hours of video lessons
  • Get immediate access to all content
  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Lifetime access
  • All videos & materials can be downloaded
  • Payment plan available (click here for info)
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Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.

Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.  ALBERT EINSTEIN

Frequently Asked Questions

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

If this is the first time you sign up for any of my courses, you will create an account during the registration process. You can access the private website of the course with the email address that you signed up with and the password that you chose for your account.

The lessons are taught in video format. You can watch me work and hear me explain what I do and why I do it. This means that you can follow exactly what I do, and if you want you can go back and watch certain parts again if you missed anything or something was unclear.

Since this is a self-study course, you get immediate access to all the videos and course materials. These will all be provided on the course website. You can watch the lessons online, and/or download all videos and coure materials so you can keep them forever and access them whenever and wherever you like.

Besides the course website you will also get access to a private Facebook group for this course. Some courses have dedicated groups, other courses get access to my general Facebook group. The Facebook groups are a fun and safe place to post your work, ask questions, and meet new friends.

Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?

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

After signing up, do I get access to the lessons right away?

Yes, after signing up you get direct access to all the lessons of the course. You can do them whenever it suits you, at your own pace and in your own time.

Can I download the videos and other course materials?

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

Is there a dedicated Facebook group for this course?

Yes, there is a dedicated Facebook group for this course. It’s a great place to ask questions, share your work, and meet new art friends. You will receive the link to the group after you sign up for the course.

Can I get feedback from you on my work?

Self-study classes don’t include feedback on individual work. However, I am frequently available in the Facebook group if you have questions about supplies or other course related topics.

I have never worked with charcoal before. Can I sign up?

Yes, certainly!

If you are completely new to working with charcoal, you can definitely sign up for this course. This is an in-depth class that teaches a variety of charcoal techniques, and you will learn a lot from it. I will give extensive information about the various charcoal supplies and how to use them.

I am a total beginner at drawing faces. Can I sign up?

If you are a beginner at drawing faces, you can certainly sign up for this course. In the videos you can follow exactly what I’m doing and learn a lot about how these portraits are made.

However, this class doesn’t teach the basics of facial proportions and shading, or how to work with tonal values, etc. If you would like to get more in-depth lessons about these subjects, I recommend taking my class Drawing in the Soul first. That will give you a strong foundation for drawing faces, and is very good for beginners because it starts from the very basics and slowly builds up.

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 for this course?

No, you don’t need a Facebook account in order to take this course. The course website is a dedicated website that you get access to after you sign up for the course. 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 course alone.

Do you work with reference photos in this course?

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

Do I need any fixative for this course?

No, you don’t need any fixative for this course. It will not be used for the projects and exercises, and I will show you how I store my work without needing any fixative.

I notice that the course is organized into weekly lessons. Do I have to wait every week for my lessons, or can I access them directly after purchasing the course?

You get immediate access to all lessons of the course.

This course was originally set up as a multiple weeks course and that outline is maintained in the self-study version. However, in the self-study version you can access all lessons of all weeks directly after purchase. This means that you can do all lessons whenever it suits you, at your own pace and in your own time.

Is there a payment plan available for this course?

Yes, there is a payment plan available to pay in installments. Click the button below for all details of the payment plan and to sign up.

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 here so we can set it up.

How can I contact you?

You can contact me via this link.

Practical Info

Click here to read the practical information before purchasing this course

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.

What Participants Say

I loved The Many Faces of Charcoal! I had never done any work with charcoal before and I'm relatively new to drawing portraits! I learned sooo much! Juna is a wonderful teacher who gives you step by step directions with attention to placement of facial features and shading! A friend challenged me to share my artwork on social media for seven days. So, I did one of the lessons each day. It was the highlight of my day! I loved every minute of it!

Cindy Levine
United States

I thoroughly enjoyed The Many Faces of Charcoal. Charcoal is a new medium for me and Juna does a great job of explaining how to use the various forms of charcoal as well as additional helpful techniques. I loved all the lessons, but especially the ones incorporating gesso and texture. Learning how to create texture, fixing the charcoal so it doesn't move, adding lines, using my tombow eraser more effectively, using paper towels and brushes, and being looser in my drawing were just a few of the things I learned! Juna is relaxing to listen to, the instructions are clear…Read More

Cheri Spaid
United States

So enjoyed Juna’s course The Many Faces of Charcoal! Didn’t realise there were so many different techniques, learned so much. Thank you Juna, but not goodbye! ❤️

Eileen Buckett

I joined Juna Biagioni's class The Many Faces of Charcoal with the intention of completing the 6 week course, however life/art got in the way and I found I could only complete one lesson. I must say that even though I have not advanced far with it (but I do intend to, when I can find that window of time), I found Juna's classes really enjoyable to listen to, easy to follow, and the course well structured. Juna gives a lot of in-depth knowledge of the use of the medium, and that was what I was after. Such a beautiful…Read More

Esther Hill

I absolutely loved The Many Faces of Charcoal. I’d never taken an online course before. The lessons were clear, detailed and professionally filmed. I learned to draw the face in charcoal in new and creative ways. I definitely recommend this course.

Maria Lopez
United States

I highly recommend this class, The Many Faces of Charcoal. Juna Biagioni is a wonderful teacher. I learned so many different applications of charcoal. My favorite is working with tinted gesso background and painting with charcoal. My work has improved a lot with Juna’s excellent feedback. Her lessons are in real time and easy to follow. The supplies list is very thorough. The Facebook group is an awesome way to connect and view students drawings done in the class. I love charcoal even more!

Eileen Kurtzman
United States

In Juna's courses I learned so much... I love her courses for the simplicity of learning. Although my English is not excellent, her courses are clear to understand. She is a fantastic teacher and really offers a variety of ways to use the same material. Her feedbacks are exceptional to correct errors. I definitely recommended them!

Cinzia Valtorta

Although I have been painting with charcoal for several years, a new world opened up to me after taking the course The Many Faces of Charcoal. Juna guides you in a very professional way through the many facets and techniques of drawing and painting with charcoal and thanks to her constructive feedback she lifts you to a higher level. This was the best course I have ever taken. I recommend everyone to get started without any delay!

Suzie Serneels (Art Atelier Sus)

I absolutely loved The Many Faces of Charcoal! Juna is an excellent teacher. She explains everything very clearly and her feedback is generous and helpful to push you further along in your art journey. I feel like my portrait and charcoal skills have grown by leaps and bounds. I definitely recommend this course to all skill levels and plan to take more classes from Juna.

Leonore Johnston

I learned a lot in The Many Faces of Charcoal. The course offered good explanations of the subjects and introduced me to new techniques. I'm now able to create portraits in a more free and loose style.

Marian van Eldik
The Netherlands

The Many Faces of Charcoal was the best class I have ever taken – bar none! If you are hesitating – don’t. I am a fairly experienced artist and I learned so many new techniques in this class. Charcoal is amazing, you will be astounded at what you will be able to achieve. Juna has pushed the boundaries of the medium. Sign up now!

Carol Skinner
United States

The Many Faces of Charcoal was my first time ever using charcoal, as well as drawing faces. I had a blast learning from Juna. She is an amazing teacher! Her soothing voice through the instruction made each lesson so easy to follow and helped me to be able to accomplish each project, stress free. Her feedback right after each week's project was so detailed and helpful, that helped me understand what to focus on next. That sets her apart from any other online classes out there! Thank you so much Juna! Until we meet again in another classroom setting...

Elena Celdi
United States

I've taken many online art classes over the years, but Juna's class The Many Faces of Charcoal was special. She is a highly gifted instructor who brings out the best in her students. I'm especially impressed at the feedback she provides. I can't imagine the time it must take her to respond so thoughtfully. I learned so much! She is both encouraging and challenging, a rare and beautiful combination that makes her instruction exceptional. My classmates were both beginners and more advanced, and everyone learned in the safe environment she created. I definitely grew as an artist during these last…Read More

Terri Churchill
United States

The Many Faces of Charcoal was the ideal complement to my personal artistic growth that has started with Juna's class Drawing in the Soul. What to say about Juna? She's is patient, lovely, kind and supportive. All the lessons provide real progress to the student and at the end of the course you feel you have improved, and the fundamentals of charcoal will help you to express your ideas.

Elisa Colangeli

The Many Faces of Charcoal has been an amazing class. I started with little experience using charcoal products. Each week offered different techniques with the different forms of charcoal. I learned more about seeing the lights and darks in faces. Juna Biagoni teaches at a great pace, and you will find that her feedback is a most valuable learning tool for everyone. She teaches, critiques honestly and positively, and gives you the tools to continue. Best classes from the best teacher!!

Ginny Patrick
United States

The six weeks of The Many Faces of Charcoal was a very successful learning experience for me. I especially appreciated the expert teaching style and the new information regarding the supplies. I was not familiar with the properties of different charcoals, nor the use of gesso as well as additional erasers. My favorite experience was the last project where we applied both charcoal and gesso with water. Juna’s encouragement and humble approach would lead me to recommend highly to a friend – or anyone, for that matter. Thank you very much Juna!

Julie Frothingham
United States

I have just completed the charcoal drawing class The Many Faces of Charcoal with Juna and I can honestly say that it has been the best online art course I have taken to date. Juna has a very professional approach, is very kind and gentle in her manner and also very respectful of everyone, regardless of where they are on their artistic journey. I have been painting watercolour portraits for a number of years but in this course I learned techniques I had never learned before and will be able to take them into my future work. She also simplified…Read More

Lulu S
New Zealand

I loved, loved this course, The Many Faces of Charcoal. I can’t believe that I am drawing beautiful portraits. You are a great teacher Juna Biagioni. Can’t wait for the next class you offer.

Ilse Hathaway
United States

The Many Faces of Charcoal has changed my appreciation of charcoal from something to sketch with and make fast gestural drawings with, to valuing charcoal with its many applications as a tool for finished work worth my very best efforts and artistic ambitions. In particular, I appreciated Juna's teaching style as equally valuable in changing my understanding and possibilities with the use of charcoal as a tool for finished art work. Juna's skill as an accomplished artist along with her encouraging guidance and support allowed me to relax and invariably smile while listening to her calmly modulated instruction. I can't…Read More

Don MacWatt

Love the way of teaching by Juna and the delicate results. Her feedback is very clear and spectaculair with photo's before and after. I had so much fun working with charcoal in several different ways and techniques. Love charcoal and Juna, I'm now addicted.


I started on this artistic journey around a year and a half ago. I was absolutely positive that I had no drawing ability and could only produce the most free-form, haphazard piece that was based on luck and lack of control. It was my good fortune to find Juna Biagioni. Her beautiful portraits inspired me and spoke louder than the negative voice in my head that said I couldn't do this. My background is teaching, so I know excellent teaching when I experience it. Juna is thorough in her preparation and explanations. She provides everything you need from what materials…Read More

Phyllis Nasiopulos
United States

I loved every lesson in The Many Faces of Charcoal! The videos were explained really well, and having an exercise before doing the project was really helpful getting the hang of the technique. I also loved the relaxing intro music!! Juna gives great feedback and is always here to answer your questions. I’ll definitely do the other courses.


I learned a lot in The Many Faces of Charcoal. Especially new techniques to work with charcoal. I already knew Juna from the course Drawing in the Soul, so I knew she was an excellent teacher. I can only recommend this course to all of those who want to learn how to work with charcoal. And especially those who want to learn other techniques to work with this material. I loved it!

Emmanuella Goethals

The Many Faces of Charcoal was my first 'in depth' charcoal class and I learned so much about charcoal portraits. Juna introduced us to a wide range of materials and techniques. Each week the 'warm up' exercise eased us in to the materials and techniques and the projects were not only fun, but also left you with a sense of achievement. Juna is excellent at creating confidence and joy in creativity and she encourages you to discover the versatility of this medium. Her feedback is of a high standard, detailed, helpful and somehow always exactly what you need to help…Read More

Julie Lee
United Kingdom

I loved every lesson in The Many Faces of Charcoal. I have learned new techniques like to "draw" with an eraser, doing an underpaint with gesso to create texture, and being loose with charcoal powder. Juna is such a great teacher and her lessons are easy to follow and she gives always step-by-step instructions. I highly recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal – for everyone!

Dani Kann

Juna is a fantastic teacher, her classes are very well structured, and she explains step by step every detail and in a very patient way. The Many Faces of Charcoal is my fourth course with her and I would take another new course with her.

Irene Hummel

I really enjoyed Juna's course, The Many Faces of Charcoal, and I learned so much from her. I didn't have much previous experience with charcoal but through this course, it quickly has become one of my favorite mediums. I like it that her lessons involve very light layers of charcoal on top of each other... That allows the portrait to emerge slowly, layer by layer. It's easier for me to learn that way, plus it gives a beautiful look to the portrait. Juna's video lessons are easy to follow along with and very thorough, and she has such a warm,…Read More

Jenny Jones
United States

I just finished the course The Many Faces of Charcoal and it was a delight to be guided by Juna through each of the six weeks. Her teaching and video-documented step by step approach is for the beginner and experienced alike, very motivating and encouraging and I learned so much. I never knew there were so many different ways to draw with charcoal. Each week was different. The most fun for me was painting with charcoal, water and gesso, staying loose. I also liked the reference photos we used and the freedom to choose our own if we preferred. Sharing…Read More


Juna runs the very best courses there are online and I wait with absolute longing for every new course she offers. Once again I have learned SO much in The Many Faces of Charcoal. Working with a gesso base before applying charcoal was a wonderful discovery and painting with charcoal... Well what can I say?! I couldn't believe how much I learned. And... that applies to every single lesson. I have enrolled in all of Juna's courses and nowadays they are the only courses I would enrol in. Juna's way of teaching is incredibly supportive and helpful and the cameraderie…Read More

Lynda Hunter
United Kingdom

The Many Faces of Charcoal is the second class I have taken with Juna. How could I resist? She is a brilliant, generous, and inspiring teacher, and I am so grateful to have found her. In her classes I have learned a huge amount of technique - who knew you could do that with charcoal? - but the value of her teaching goes far beyond technical skills. She creates a safe, supportive, and adventurous atmosphere, in which artists of all levels of experience are inspired to take risks, work hard, share, and grow. I know I will return to her…Read More

Anna Novak

I am extremely grateful to Juna for this course, The Many Faces of Charcoal! A rich addition to what I had already learned regarding portrait drawing and for the first time in my life with charcoal! It was a shock to experience how deeply this touched me and did the course with me along the way! I have come to love this medium immensely and in the first place, through her way of education and patient clear teaching, Juna has made it so special for me. Again, thank you for your positivity and your help in this charcoal process... It…Read More

Birgitta Dekkers
The Netherlands

Being relatively new to the medium when I took these classes, I was a bit nervous and unsure that I could make lovely portraits. Juna’s instruction videos are interesting and thorough, and her teaching style is suited to beginners as well as more advanced students. I learned so many skills and techniques that have elevated my enjoyment and improved my art. I also learned how to use products that had previously intimidated me. I highly recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal to anyone, especially those who are unfamiliar with the diversity and pleasures of working with charcoal.

Suzi Leggett
United States

Good explanation, good guidance. Fun atmosphere in the Facebook group, always feedback. I definitely recommend The Many Faces of Charcoal.

Enny Meerwaldt
The Netherlands

The lessons in The Many Faces of Charcoal were fun, educational, inviting and inspiring. With good quality videos, at a calm pace and offering clear explanations.

Erni Kroondijk van Atten
The Netherlands

Juna is a very good teacher. I love the fact that she took a lot of time to explain the materials we would be using in the class. She explains and demonstrates wonderfully. My object for this class, The Many Faces of Charcoal, was to have fun, learn and try to become looser as a painter. I still have work today on being looser, but I did learn and had fun doing it. What more can you ask for.

Cass Anderson
United States

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