Developing drawing and painting traditional portraits

Course Dates: 07/11/19 - 28/11/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Luke Jones
Andrea Voisey

Develop your existing skills in drawing and painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle more complex projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style.


What is the course about?

course for those wishing to build on existing skills and develop their drawing and painting in traditional portraiture methods. The class will focus around both preparatory drawing and working
towards one or more final oil paintings. You will work primarily from observation of portrait models.

What will we cover?

Rotation of the head
Methods for improving observational portrait drawing
Colour mixing in paint for portraits
Taking inspiration from traditional portrait artists
Depicting likeness and character in the sitter
Developing a personal, traditional style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Build on drawing and painting portraits accurately
Develop the use of composition
Paint a portrait that looks three-dimensional
Prepare a surface for painting a portrait
Mix colours successfully from observation
Improve your rendition of tone in portrait painting
Develop a finished piece or pieces from preparatory drawings/sketches to finished painting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For those with some experience of drawing and /or painting portraits..

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn by practical demonstration, looking at the work of traditional portrait painters, one to one tuition, tutor
demos and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are provided for the course
Students may wish to purchase a canvas or board for the portrait painting element. Your tutor will advise you about
this during the class.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10%
discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK’s leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you
should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross
shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at
*Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The City Lit Year of Figure and Portrait course will start again in October 2019 or you may wish to join one of the
following courses at the end of this term:
VH025 Life Painting: 2 day pose for intermediates.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VM048

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 07 Nov - 28 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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