Charcoal Portrait Workshop

Join the artist Michael Aucoin at Cotuit Center for the Arts for a week-long Charcoal Portrait Workshop. You will gain a full understanding of the organized elements in working with charcoal. Michael will demonstrate various techniques that can be used and incorporated when viewing a live model. He will also demonstrate how to create a portrait from a refined photograph - a method he uses for his finished/commissioned pieces. Students will have ample time to create charcoal portraits using a live model and also photographs they have taken themselves. Michael will be available to provide one-on-one teaching, assisting with proportion, value structure, angles, and more. If you’re looking to get inspired, stay inspired, or just refine your skill, this is the workshop for you!

Michael Aucoin has studied with many master artists and continues to work alongside the likes of them. With major influences like Richard Schmid and Robert Liberace, he has formed a style mixed with bravado brush work and soft subject matter. His work can be described as impressionistic realism with a sense of emotional narration. From the subtle marks to the bold values, his work has caught the eye of many collectors and artists alike. Michael currently works and lives in Plymouth, MA.

You can view his art at

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at