Charcoal Portrait 2-day Workshop with Isabella Allis

Event Phone: 0431 945 151

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  • Charcoal Portrait 2-day Workshop with Isabella Allis
     April 9, 2022 - April 10, 2022
     9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Experience the dynamic and rich medium of Charcoal which allows you to create portraits that seem three-dimensional!

Join our workshop where a photo reference will be supplied allowing you to focus on the sequential steps of creating a powerful charcoal portrait.

You will learn how to block in areas of value, capturing areas of general form, and then gradually refine specific features of your subject, ending up with an expressive work with a strong likeness.

This workshop will also look at methods of measurement, relative distances, plumb lines, finding angles, proportion, the effects that light and shade have on 3 dimensional form and communicating texture as relates to portraiture.

We will look at charcoal as a medium and the sequential steps needed to achieve the best results.


1 or 2 sheets of Strathmore “Toned Gray” or “Toned Tan” paper 22.9 cm x 30.5cm, or approx. A4 (can be bought in a pad of 50 sheets)

A few pages of A4 copier paper (scrap paper)

Mechanical pencil sharpener (optional)

Small box of Tissues

Paper Towel

Masking Tape

A mix of thin, medium and thick Willow charcoal sticks

A kneadable eraser

Generals Charcoal pencil (soft or extra soft)

Generals White Charcoal pencil

Compressed charcoal stick (must have square edge, not rounded)

Compressed White charcoal stick (must have square edge, not rounded)

2H, HB and 2B Graphite Pencils

Paper blending stumps

Soft synthetic paint brush (round or small mop brush) for blending

5 x earbuds/ cotton tips

Drawing Board approx. A3 or bigger (can be MDF board with clips to hold paper)

Compass with lead

45 cm Ruler

A photo reference and black and white print out will be supplied by Isabella


Don’t have the required materials? or the time to shop for them? No problem, Click HERE to order your materials list from Shore Studio Art Supplies and we’ll have your materials ready for you to collect at the workshop.



Venue Phone: (07) 3286 5360

Venue Website:

3 Shore Street East, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163, Australia


Shore Studio is located at:
3 Shore Street East, Cleveland QLD