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with Oliver Sin


Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of the world’s leading charcoal portrait artists, Oliver Sin. Oliver is an amazing hands-on instructor with a strong knowledge of breaking down the drawing process for his students.

In this jam-packed three-day workshop, you will learn Oliver’s tried and true method for drawing the expressive portrait. He will help you understand the structure of the face in term of shapes, plane changes, and value by using lines and value rendering. The first two days will focus on vine charcoal. The last day will use red chalk and white pastel on toned paper. Oliver's step-by-step demonstrations will teach you the techniques of mastering expressive portrait drawings. All levels are welcome.


Oliver's many accomplishments include a First Place Drawing award at the Portrait Society of America's international portrait competition AND the People's Choice Award! His drawings have also been on the cover of Time Magazine.

Date & Time

August 25-27, 2022 (Thur, Fri, Sat)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Sugar Land Art Center

104 Industrial Blvd.

Sugar Land, TX 77478




Maximum 20 students per class

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About Oliver


Oliver was born in Hong Kong and has been living in San Francisco since 1990. He graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA in 1996 with a BFA in Illustration. He started his art career as a computer game concept artist at LucasArts. He actually worked on Star Wars Episode 1! In 2001, he returned to his own school to be an art professor for the School of Fine Arts and 2D Animation.

Oliver has been drawn to art even as a little boy, starting at the age of 3. His mentors include distinguished contemporary artists like Zhaoming Wu, Henry Yan and Chung-Wei Chien. Their tireless guidance urged him to put greater efforts into capturing fleeting human expressions and paying more attention to precise composition in figurative portraits. 

His first educational art book, “Drawing the Head for Artists” was released by Rockport Publishers on August 6th, 2019. In March 2020, Oliver was commissioned by TIME Magazine to create portrait drawings of Virginia Woolf and Emmy Noether for the Women of the Year covers. In May 2021, a vine charcoal portrait of his father won the First Place Drawing and the People's Choice Award at the Portrait Society America's International portrait competition out of 2660 international entries. Examples of Oliver's amazing work can be seen here:

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