Instructor Mark Giangaspero
# of Days 2 Days
Start Date July 29, 2023
End Date July 30, 2023
Location The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center



DATES/TIMES: July 29-30, 2023  9:30 – 4:30 PM



(Intermediate/Advanced) A portrait is not just a likeness.  This 2-day workshop will cover the artistic elements that make an outstanding portrait.  Design, composition, color, and pose are some of the elements that will be discussed.  This workshop is designed to take your portraiture to the next level.  Intermediate and advanced level students.

Students will be required to bring their own painting and drawing supplies.


  • Oil or acrylic paint set or individual tubes
  • White, black, yellow, red, blue, green, violet, orange, and brown. (These will have other names, but won’t matter)
  • 12 x 16 canvas board
  • Paper palette
  • Three brushes, small 1/4″ wide, medium 1/2″ wide, large 3/4″ wide
  • Mineral spirits
  • Vine or willow charcoal
  • Paper towels
  • Sketchbook, pencil, eraser


Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please pack your own lunch for this workshop daily. If you are unable to do so, there are local places that we can help you order boxed lunches from on an individual basis, cash will be required for these transactions.

  • Payment in full is due 14 days prior to the workshop start date
  • All deposits, $50, are non-refundable unless the workshop is canceled by CVAC
  • Refunds, less deposit, will not be issued for attendee cancelations 14 days prior to the workshop start date

Mark Giangaspero studied and taught visual arts under the late Jack Richards until Mr. Richards’ passing in 2014.  Mark has taught drawing and painting classes (in a variety of media) at CVAC over the past six years. He has shown his work in such prestigious galleries as the McDonough Museum (Youngstown State University), Viewpoints at the Cincinnati Art Club, the National Arts Club in New York, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown where his pieces, Mr. Richardson and Portrait of Chris, are held in the Institute’s permanent collection.

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