Two Three day workshops coming up in 2018!

Portrait Fundamentals in Oil  with Dan Thompson
                      27 April – 29 April, 2018

                                                                                                               Danny (oil on Linen, 18x24", 2014)

  This structured, three session oil painting workshop will center on the head and shoulders. Two poses will be used; a single session and a two day. Throughout the development of their paintings, participants will be guided through a series of skills within  the oil technique— including composition, how to paint an effective open & closed grisaille, manufacturing and maintaining  light and colored effects on the model, construction in perspective, how to interpret and relate planes, as well as how to chisel human features with the complex topography of the head & neck. Students should expect a rich dialog, primarily about dissecting the oil painting language, to accompany lectures, demonstrations and interpersonal critiques.

Dates:  Friday April 27,  Saturday 28,  and Sunday 29 of 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $450
10% off early bird discount to all who register before February 30th

20% off early bird discount to The Eddie Niño Art School Students and CSOPA members until February 30th
To register please contact us at: or call (203)858-9791 for any  questions.

Space is limited

To view more samples of Dan's work and to view his full bio visit:

    Drawing the Portrait and Figure on
                White and Toned Paper 
with Costa Vavagiakis
August 17-19, 2018



Throughout the history of western art portrait drawing has remained a vital artistic practice. Artists from Michelangelo, Holbein, Van Dyke and Ingest have explored this motif. These works speak to us because they are immediate, direct and honest and can lead us to consider the greater connection with humanity.

This workshop will focus on the methods and tools needed to draw a portrait on white and toned paper using graphite and white chalk. The first two days we will be working on white paper learning to use the white of the paper to illuminate the skin of the model. On the last day we will switch to toned paper learning how to use white chalk for the highlights and how to use the tone of the paper to bridge the remaining lights. Students will learn to capture the likeness and unique personality of the sitter by carefully observing the subtleties of the human face.

Composition, perspective, proportions and the effects of light and dark will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on an in depth investigation on the underlying structure of the head, skull and facial features.

There will be a two-day and one-day pose set and each day the workshop will be augmented by lectures and demonstrations. 

Dates: Friday August 17, Saturday 18, and Sunday 19 of 2018

Time: 9am-5pm
Fee: $450
10% off early bird discount to all who register before April 30th
20% off early bird discount to Eddie Niño Art School Students and CSOPA members until April 30th

To register please contact us at: or call (203)858-9791 for any questions.                                                    
Space is limited

To view samples of Costa's work and full bio visit:


  • Three of my portrait drawings were chocen for the Southbury Portrait Festival sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and was awarded third place from over 40 paintings entered. I also got the oportunity to demonstrate how to draw the portrait from life on October 14th, 2017
  • I had the priviledge of been chosen, along with three other artists, to judge  the Jim Himes Congressional Art Competition. The event took place on Saturday, May 6 at the Center of Contemporary Printmaking.
  • Rowayton Art Center's Evening Easels Open House- July, Saturday 8th from 6-8pm, 2017
  • THE Landscape Show", Greenwich Art Society Gallery, Greenwich,CT (S)-2016
  • Artists and Residents" at 22 Haviland Gallery- Norwalk, CT (GS)-2016
  • "Latin Figures", Gateway Community College, New Haven,CT (GS)-2016
  • Learn How To See and Understand Artwork Lectures at Yale Universtity Art Gallery. January 9th, January 30th, and February 20th-2016

     Rainbow XII,  Graphite on paper

Connie XX ,Graphite and white chalk on paper