Readers and Writers Retreats

The Visiting Artists Series at Castle Hill

November 15-16, 2014

Portrait Painting with Claudia Biçen

In this intensive workshop you will be working from a personal photograph. Utilizing a combination of teacher demonstrations and student exercises, Claudia will carefully guide you through the technical process of producing a beautiful pastel portrait in the realistic tradition. To enhance and expand your artistic growth, award-winning biographer Donna Lucey and local artist Scheline Crutchfield, will show you how to keep an art journal, an invaluable tool to keep your journey as an artist inspired, fearless and on track. We hope you can join us for this weekend workshop and give yourself the gift of time and space to explore and express what lies within you.



Claudia Biçen

Claudia’s portraits have been selected for a number of prestigious international exhibitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London and the Pastel Society of America in New York where she was awarded the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence. She has also exhibited at national exhibitions including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the Pastel Society of the West Coast in California where she was awarded the Canson Excellence in Arts Award.


“Raga,” pastel portrait

Fascinated by the human condition, Claudia has worked with communities across the world in both mental health and therapeutic art settings. In 2013, she was invited to Project 387’s artist residency where she produced a contemplative art piece in the forest exploring the relationship between transience and wellbeing. Claudia is currently working on a long term documentary art project with hospice patients in San Francisco which is supported by a grant from the Awesome Foundation. She has been invited to Caldera Artist Residency in Oregon to further develop this work through February.



The price for this event is $500 and includes a gourmet lunch both days. To register, please contact Stewart Humiston and include your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited to 10 individuals so we encourage you to register early.

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