Portraiture Drawing: The Basics (M0948XF20)


Marle Place, Burgess Hill


10:00 - 16:00


5.5 hours x 1 session

Jason Powers

03456 01 01 61

Cost breakdown

Tuition fee£55.00
Total cost£55.00

What is the course about?

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the pleasure of drawing the human face and head; progressively developing confidence in both observation skills and the use of wet and dry materials, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. A selection of imaginative and fun exercises will introduce the learner to a number of different working methods and materials – pencil, charcoal, wax resist and inks; analysing facial proportions, exploring contours, using shapes and spaces, tonal contrast and the concept of ‘likeness.’
As a guide, by the end of the workshop the learner should be able to:
• Identify the key indicators/proportions in portraiture
• Test and improve their observational awareness and knowledge
• Recognise the importance of shapes and spaces
• Create drawings in both wet and dry media
• Establish tonal contrast to create stronger forms
• Explore a little art history

The tutor will talk about individual progress at regular intervals during the workshop, responding to your aims and achievements; strengths and weaknesses will be identified, examined and signposted.

What previous experience, knowledge or qualifications do I need for this course?

The workshop will be particularly appropriate for beginners with some basic experience in drawing and those who wish to improve and expand their current skills and knowledge.

What do I need to bring with me?

Sketch books A4 or paper – not photocopy paper
Range of hard (H) and soft pencils (B) or one hard and soft
Drawing board/easel (optional)
Charcoal sticks
Putty rubber
Tape or drawing pins
Brush soft
Rags or tissue
Jam jar
One or more photocopy or image of a head/face to copy – not too small

Are there any additional costs?


What can I do next?

Start to practice on your own; progress on to another art-based programme; create a portfolio for formal education; submit work for open national or local exhibition; join local art societies. If you would like more information about progression opportunities, please speak to a member of staff at reception.

Course Location

Marle Place
Leylands Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 8HZ