Workshops: Spring 2019


Treat yourself to a weekend that focuses on honing your artistic skills. Personal and encouraging critiques of all student work will be provided.

Limited art supplies sold in the museum store. Discount for members.


Expressive Portrait Drawing Workshop with Oliver Sin

Dates: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm (includes an hour lunch break)
Fee: $170 TMA member, $185 non-member

All levels welcome!


This one-day workshop will help you make competent drawings of portraits. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this class will further your skills. Step by step demonstrations by artist/instructor Oliver Sin will help you look closely and understand structure of the face. You will draw from a live model and learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture with vine charcoal.

Material list: Extra Soft Vine Charcoal, Willow charcoal, 18"x24" Strathmore 70lbs drawing paper medium surface, kneaded eraser, final fixative


Oliver Sin graduated from the Academy of Art University in Illustration in 1996, and he has been teaching at Academy of Art University since year 2001. Sin was born in Hong Kong and has been living in San Francisco since 1990, he began working as a computer games concept artist upon graduation and has more than four years of experience at world-renowned computer games companies, such as Lucas Arts and 3DO. Sin has valuable knowledge and experience in many aspects as 2D animator, concept designer, background and layout artist and he has an excellent breadth of drawing and traditional animation skills and conception art skills. Sin is deeply inspired by fine artists Nicolai Fechin, John Sargent and Jose Roko, among others. Sin employs the influences of renowned artists and mentors Zhao Ming Wu and Henry Yan. The results are works of precise composition and evocative color harmonies in figurative portraits.

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