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DATES: 5 week course 14th June - 12th July

TIMES: 10.30am - 12.30pm



The poses in this class tend to be longer than for Life Drawing, and the sessions are structured around themes that suggest ideas of character, mood or scene, or that take inspiration from a particular artist or art movement.

The tutor teaches how to draw the face and figure in proportion but emphasises that although it is sometimes important to achieve an accurate likeness - that shouldn't always necessarily be the goal. A striking portrait is, above all a portrayal of the sitter, an expression of how the artist sees that person, or what they feel about them. (One only has to look at Van Gogh, for example, to understand how a portrait can be expressive.)

All sorts of media are used, including pencil, charcoal, pastels (chalk and oil), watercolours, acrylics and oils.

The tutor will demonstrate ideas and techniques and give "hands-on" help when asked.

This course is designed for those with some drawing experience. 




For more information about the tutor visit our meet the artists page at:

Portraiture Classes

  • Materials/Equipment you need to bring

    If you are joining the class for the first time, please bring:

    An A3 white cartridge drawing pad (with a hard backing board)

    A  couple of soft drawing pencils (such as 3B and 6B)

    Willow Charcoal ( a box of mixed thicknesses is best)

    Putty Rubber.

  • Materials provided

    No materials or equipment are provided, although drawing boards and easels are available to borrow during sessions.

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