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21 September

Charcoal Portrait Workshop with Hugh Appleton

All equipment and materials will be provided. The attendees will be walked through a logical sequence of steps that will help them achieve a likeness in their drawings, capturing depth and mass by tutor Hugh Appleton. A live model will be used for the drawing, although the same method can be applied when working from photographs without the need for grids or dividers. Participants are encouraged to seek one-on-one guidance for any aspect of the process they feel uncertain about.

Charcoal will be the medium used for this workshop, known for its forgiving nature and similarity to paint, minus the setup and cleanup time, as well as the complexity of color. While it may seem intimidating to those with little experience, Hugh will demonstrate how to handle charcoal effectively and make it a valuable tool for creating powerful drawings in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional pencil drawings.

The workshop will take place in the beautiful and spacious main gallery located on the second floor of The Poly, situated in the vibrant center of Falmouth. 


Jo – “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Hugh Appleton studying portraiture at The Poly in Falmouth. The studio was spacious with plenty of natural light and enough space for everyone to take up a good position in front of the model; the music added a great vibe.  Hugh created a lovely relaxed atmosphere, initially demonstrating painting technique, then allowing us to work independently but on hand to help and assist as required. I particularly enjoyed having Hugh paint alongside us during the sessions as it added a "collaborative feel” to the process.”

Erika – “. When we worked at the easel, Hugh was keen to give guidance, a different prospective and readily answered all questions. Throughout the workshop the ambience was supportive and Hugh aimed to provide individual tuition as appropriate. It was a luxury to have a range of models available to us. On reflection, I realise how important it is to pay particular attention to accurately ‘mapping’ the features of a face, as this is approach is fundamental in achieving a likeness. I enjoyed focusing on portrait painting and I would happily attend future workshops with Hugh.

Lynn – “I enjoyed your 3-day Portrait Painting in Oils course at The Poly. I usually use other mediums and subjects and was keen to get rid of my hang ups about using oils and doing portraits. I found your tips about medium mixing and using a limited palette useful and came away from the course feeling more confident. Support from the others in the small group was good and the models were amazing.”



Charcoal Portrait Workshop with Hugh Appleton

Thursday 21st September 10.30am - 17.00pm

Cost: £119 plus £1 Poly Fund, (£95 for concessions)  limited spaces available at a concessions price (contact for details)

Materials Provided. 





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