Five-day figure and portrait drawing class to be offered March 18-22

Press release

From Skyuka Fine Art

Richard Christian Nelson (Rich Nelson) will be teaching a 5-Day Figure And Portrait Drawing Workshop in Asheville, NC, March 18-22, 2013. The class will take place at the Nelson’s new studio in the River Arts District from 9-4 each day.

Artists will work on the fundamentals of anatomy, form, and light to improve our skills at drawing the figure and portrait. This is open to all media, but charcoal (on white paper, and on toned paper with white conte) will be emphasized. According to Nelson, “Good drawing skills are critical to many forms of art, and yet the allure of painting, sculpture or another medium often speeds us past this critical skill before we can get a solid handle on it. We can then spend a lifetime regretting our poor drawing skills and not feeling confident of our abilities, or we can confront and begin to master this ability.”

This workshop is open to all levels and all media, but drawing in charcoal or graphite will be emphasized. Class size is limited to 12, and the cost of the workshop is $500, which includes the model fee. You can see examples of Nelson’s drawing and other work at

The artists will concentrate on drawing from the live model. There will be lectures and demos by Nelson, and group ‘critiques’. You can visit, email or call 828-859-0318 for more information.

Nelson is an accomplished portrait and gallery artist who lives in Tryon, NC. He earned his BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan in 1988. Rich taught anatomy, figure drawing and painting at CCS part-time after graduating. He has been working ever since as a portrait artist, gallery artist, and instructor. He and his wife Kim opened Skyuka Fine Art in 2010 www.SkyukaFineArt.Com and his Asheville studio in January 2013.

You can view his work at or read about his recent awards and notable commissions at Most recently, his portrait of ‘Jack’ was the winner of a ‘Certificate Of Excellence’ in the Portrait Society Of America’s 2012 International Portrait Competition.

Class size is limited to twelve participants, so do get in touch if you’re interested! There is more information on this and other upcoming workshops at


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