Workshop, Portraits: Expressionistic Color

This workshop is a chance to create portraits with bold, vibrant colors that show a wide range of emotions. Learn drawing techniques in color to establish diverse moods in your portraits.

Arielle Finberg, Sara, JenK, Helen Cook, Lisa Hufstetler,
VAV, Tal E., Kaitlin Wilfing, Manette, Julie R

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Enrollment is currently closed

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“The experience was really great, its easy to navigate, love the slides. Lots of useful information, and super helpful tips. The recording provided after is a bonus, allows us to review what we may have missed during the workshop.”

Watch a Sample Workshop

Watch a sample workshop: Gestural Portraits

How it Works


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Before the workshop

  • Students receive access to the Premium Workshop channels.
  • Hang out in the workshop channels so we can see your artwork and site, and chat about your goals can make the workshop more efficient.
  • Please know that if you have no experience with Discord, it does take some time to get set up and learn how Discord works.
  • Watch this 53 second tour of our Discord for a preview.
  • We highly recommend joining several days before the workshop date so you can learn the ropes, troubleshoot any problems, and get help from us to make the workshop run as smoothly as possible for you.

First 2 hours

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Last hour

Workshop Recording

Workshop Channels Access

  • Students will continue to have access to the Premium Workshop channels.
  • The week following the workshop, Prof Lieu will provide feedback and follow up resources.
  • After that week, Prof Lieu will answer quick questions, but will not be providing feedback.

Written Feedback

  • Prof Lieu will write a paragraph for each student which reviews the student’s artwork made during the workshop + suggestions for how to move forward, see sample below.

You have so much going for you and your figure drawings, I love how fluid your marks are, and also how organic and fleshy the figures are in your drawings. I think you’ve got a really good balance between line and tone, and that the volume of the figures come across beautifully.

I think it would be worth thinking more deliberately about proportions. Proportions can be a really tricky thing, and it’s definitely not a skill that you can learn overnight. A lot of getting experience with the fortunes is really training your eye to make comparisons between the various parts of the figure.

Prof Lieu
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Having direct feedback from Prof Lieu and listening to her critique of the other participants. Its one thing to have access to the online courses but it’s such a richer experience to have guidance from Prof Lieu, which made my work during the course more successful.

Student info

  • Limit 12 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord to participate.


  • We will confirm whether the workshop is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the workshop does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.
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  • All payments are non-refundable if the workshop runs.
  • Students must join our Discord at least 24 hours before the workshop starts. There are no refunds if you do not join within this time frame.
  • There are no refunds if a student is late, does not join Discord, or does not attend the workshop for any reason.
  • We only issue refunds if the workshop does not run due to lack of enrollment.


About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020.

Drawing a Male Torso & Portrait

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our premium workshops are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that workshop’s focus.

Supply Lists: Drawing Media

overview of drawing suppliesballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardoil sticks

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