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2017 Portraits 101

Charles Pompilius has painted a number of models as well as commissioned portraits.
Charles' "Rosamund" catches a model in a seeming moment of repose.
This is another instance of catching a moment in time.
Portraits need not be done straight-on, as this work shows.
Charles' "Lute Player" makes a pretty blonde much more interesting.
This is an example of how Charles can compose a portrait with just a few elements.
This figurative painting connects the inner and outer lives of its subject.

with Charles Pompilius

Charles will teach his students to paint from a live, clothed model. He will emphasize composition, anatomy and skin tone to help students achieve a likeness using traditional, realistic methods. 

He will begin with exercises in gesture drawing, weight drawing and cross-contour drawing, with a discussion of proportions and proper colors for painting flesh. During two long pose sessions, Charles will pause for special demonstrations of getting a subject's eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair right. 

Low-odor oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints are fine, as well as pastels, drawing methods and mixed-media work.

Charles is a figurative painter based in Detroit. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States including New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Birmingham, Mich. 

He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. In 1984 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship. Pompilius has taught painting at the university level and is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award and a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant. 

In 2011 he completed the official portrait of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm, which now hangs in the capitol rotunda in Lansing. In 2013 he painted Allan Gilmour, president emeritus of Wayne State University, and in 2016 he completed a portrait of U.S. Congressman Fred Upton from Michigan. It was hung in late April in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C.

Charles is currently developing a series of paintings inspired by the Great Lakes.

See more of Charles' body of work at

Beginner to intermediate students. This class is filled. You may sign up on the waiting list.

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