Daytime Studio Day: Sunday 28th February 2021


“My Harry Oakley Tribute Studio Day will take place on Sunday 28th February 2021”
Sittings between 9am and 3pm UK time (GMT)

You can book a short, private Zoom session in the studio of the well-known silhouettist Charles Burns.

International sitting times

We welcome virtual visitors from all over the world. This studio day will take place during the day in Paris, the afternoon in Dubai and the evening in Tokyo.

If you live in these or similar time zones this event is for you!

Available Studio Day Sittings

Choose your first sitting, add ticket to basket, then add more sittings as needed before checking out.

How many sittings do I need?



I arranged this virtual studio day as a tribute to the World War I veteran Harry Oakley.

Silhouette cutting takes place online. All my studio days consist of a series of 10-minute portrait sittings, which take place over Zoom.

After booking your sitting(s) you’ll receive an email ticket containing a Zoom link and further information. I’ll also send a reminder shortly before the event.

On the day you’ll be asked to log in to the Zoom event two minutes before the time you chose. I’ll cut silhouettes of you and your family and pop them in the post afterwards.

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Who was Harry Oakley?

Harry Oakley made his reputation as a silhouettist during World War I. Whilst serving as a captain in the Green Howards he sent to London a series of paper cuttings depicting life in the trenches. These were published in Bystander Magazine under the heading “Trench Life in Silhouette” and were very popular.

Silhouette of two soldiers cooking on a brazier
“Cooking in the Trenches” A Papercutting by Harry Oakley

After the war he rented a booth on Llandudno Pier in Wales, every summer for over 40 years, to cut silhouette for tourists there.

Harry Oakley has always been an important artist for me. He features in the film Silhouette Secrets, when we visited his booth on the pier to learn more about him.

Studio Day Tributes

This Studio Day is a tribute to Harry Oakley. As a self-taught artist Charles owes a huge debt to the work of past silhouettists – he has leaned so much from studying their work – so naming studio days after them is his way to pay tribute.
[ Current Tributes ]

Charles normally cuts silhouette in his own style (there are many examples all over this website). However, if you’d like your portraits cut in the manner of this artist please do ask. Such challenges are always welcome!


Additional information

Sitting times

In multiples of 10 minutes


Silhouettes delivered worldwide after the event


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Event Details

Ten-minute private portrait sittings with silhouettist Charles Burns.

Date: 28 February 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 15:00 GMT

Venue: Mays Barn Virtual Studio

Directions: Log in via Zoom link 2 minutes before sitting

Phone: 07803 085637

Email: [email protected]