2 Day Cast Drawing Workshop with Eddie Niño


Cast drawing has been a time-honored approach that highlights the essential ideas of light, form, and overall drawing fundamentals. It is a wonderful way to work on one's ability to see and record shapes and sharpen one's eye, which are essential specially for the artist who is concern about painting and drawing portraits. By using charcoal pencils and white chalk on a a toned surface, students will get familiarized with the use of a toned surface to maximize the amount of depth along with the benefits of learning to tackle drawing issues by working from a stationary white object. Clear thorough steps will reinforce these key components as well as by demonstrations and one on one critiques.

Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2018
10am -4pm each day
 8 people (maximum)
$200 CSOPA Members; $230 Non-Members 
+ $25 Materials Fee (Optional)
Bring Your Own Lunch

Register online before July 10 at: csopa.camp8.org/event-2873434
Or, mail registration before July 5 to:
Jeanine Jackson, 3 Wescott Court, Riverside, CT 06878

    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: [email protected] or call (203)858-9791 for any questions.                                                    
Space is limited

To view samples of Costa's work and full bio visit: http://www.costavavagiakis.com/


  • 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