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The Many Faces of

charcoal

CREATING 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.

This 6 weeks in-depth portrait class is 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.

The next session of this class starts September 9, 2019. Do you want to be informed when the registration starts? Click the button below.

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.

Supplies

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

This is a ‘live online class’, which means that the class opens at a particular date and we will start with all the students at this date. The next session of The Many Faces of Charcoal starts September 9, 2019.

The lessons are released weekly, during six weeks. However, you don’t have to follow the six weeks schedule. The video lessons are pre-recorded, so there is no specific airing time and after release you can watch them whenever it suits you best. You can do the lessons comfortably at your own pace, so no worries if you can’t keep up with the class schedule!

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 the teacher and your 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.

Save the date!

Start: September 9, 2019 
Duration: 6 weeks
Registration open: August 19
Price: € 85 Early Bird price (sign up before August 26) or € 99 regular price

Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.

Want to stay informed?

Would you like to receive email updates about this class and get a reminder as soon as the Early Bird registration opens? Just fill in the form below and I’ll keep you posted.

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 a Juna Biagioni Art course, you will create an account during the registration process. You can access the private website of the class with the email address that you signed up with and the password that you chose for your account. You get immediately access to the course introduction section and related info on the course website.

On the actual starting day of the class you will receive an email as soon as the lessons for the first week are available. Every week after that you will receive an email when the lessons for that week are available.

The lessons are taught in video format. All videos are in real-time, so not sped up. You can watch me draw 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.

The lessons and the extra course materials (such as supply lists and reference photos) will all be provided on the private course website. You can watch the lessons online, and/or download everything so you can keep all the course materials forever and access them from your own hard drive.

This is a ‘live online class’, which means that the class opens at a particular date (September 9) and we will start with all the students at this date. The lessons are released weekly. However, you don’t have to follow the six weeks schedule. The video lessons are pre-recorded, so there is no specific airing time and after release you can watch them whenever it suits you best. You have lifetime access to the course website and can do the lessons comfortably at your own pace, so no worries if you can’t keep up with the class schedule!

Besides the course website you will get access to the dedicated Facebook group for this class. This is a fun and safe place to post your work, get support from the other students and the teacher, ask questions, and meet new friends. You can participate however you like and be more or less active, whatever fits your needs.

Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?

You get lifetime access to this course. In practice this means that the course website (including all videos and course materials) will remain accessible to you for as long as the course is being offered for sale. If this course at some point in the future isn’t ging 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 course.

Is there a dedicated Facebook group for this class?

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

I am a total beginner. Can I sign up?

It depends a bit on what type of beginner you are.

If you are a beginner in working with charcoal, but have some basic experience in drawing faces, then definitely yes, you can do this course. This is an in-depth class that teaches a number of different charcoal techniques, and you will learn a lot from it.

If you are a beginner in drawing faces, then you can also sign up for this course, because you can follow in the video lessons exactly what I’m doing and learn a lot about how to work with charcoal. 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 definitely recommend to do 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 builds up from there.

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 participate without joining the Facebook group for this class. But know that you can also join the Facebook group in a more passive and anonymous way, without having to post your work if you don’t want to. If you do join the Facebook group you will get the additional benefits of being in a ‘live’ class, such as getting support from the other students and the teacher, asking questions, and meeting new friends. The group is private and provides a safe environment for all participants of every level.

I don't have a Facebook account. Do I need one in order to take this class?

You don’t necessarily need a Facebook account to take this class. The course 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 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.

Is there a payment plan available for this course?

Yes, there will be a payment plan available for this course. Please contact me via the form below for more info on the payment plan.

Can I get a refund after purchasing this course?

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

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.

What Participants Say

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
Germany

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
Germany

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

Gisela
Germany

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
Canada

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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