Art Center Morro Bay will host a portrait workshop with artist Warren Chang


Warren Chang gives a painting demonstration. Photo sent by Arts Center Morro Bay.

Artist planning a free signing session after the workshop

– Art Center Morro Bay will host a portrait workshop, Head Painting in Oil, by Warren Chang. In this oil painting workshop, participants will gain an inside look at Warren Chang’s artistic practice and learn how to paint from head to final painting, using a limited palette.

Warren will teach the fundamentals of light and shadow and how this applies to painting a portrait, demonstrating the painting of a head of a live model. Students will be able to get feedback directly from Warren, ask questions in an intimate classroom setting, and watch demonstrations. This workshop will cover how to construct a human head and learn how light falls on form in regards to value and edge relationships. Additionally, Warren will share her unique limited palette by applying color in the Old Masters style. Students will focus on drawing the human head and creating realistic skin colors.

Warren will give a slide presentation revealing the process of creating his unique narrative paintings. At the end of this two-day workshop, each participant will have a final painting inspired by Warren’s unique approach to painting that provides a window into his practice.

Chang, Warren

About the instructor:

Warren Chang graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1981 and after 20 years as an award-winning illustrator, embarked on a career in fine art in 2000. His work has been nationally recognized and featured in numerous art publications, including the covers of American Artist and International Artist Magazines accompanying a series of eight articles on educational painting he authored. He is the subject of a 112-page monographic book titled: Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings published by Flesk Publications in 2013. He has been honored with solo exhibitions at the Monterey Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and more recently at the Triton Museum in 2021. His paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Monterey Museum of Art and the Hilbert Museum of California Art in Orange, California.

Awards include “Best of Show” at the 2003 International Salon held in San Antonio Texas, Southwest Art Award in 2008, and the Fine Art Connoisseur Award for painting in 2009, both from the California Art Club, 1st place in art competition online Raymar in 2010 and the Dean Cornwell Award for Multi Figure Composition from the California Art Club in 2013. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and a Signature Master Member of the Oil Painters of America.

Chang’s subjects include biographical interiors and genre scenes of fieldworkers from Monterey County where he grew up. His paintings depict the human condition, sometimes the destitute while celebrating the human spirit.

Discover drawing, values ​​and composition in a workshop designed to create in a relaxed, informative yet focused environment for all skill levels. This workshop will feature live models. A list of supplies will be provided upon registration.

Warren Chang is planning a free talk and book signing following his workshop. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to learn more about Chang and take home an autographed book. The class will take place at the Art Center Morro Bay, located at 835 Main Street in Morro Bay from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $500.

Click here for more information and to register.

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