How to draw: step by step drawing portraits

Course Dates: 31/10/22 - 21/11/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

Course Code: VO178

Mon, day, 31 Oct - 21 Nov '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course covers all the essential elements needed to get you confident in drawing the portrait, all aspects of portrait drawing will be covered from how to begin a portrait to a fully rendered drawing. This course will teach you about the “visual abstraction” a method of drawing which has its roots in the ateliers of the 18th-19th century art schools where students were taught the importance of proportion, shapes, edges and values. Bringing together almost 300 years of traditional art training and combining them with modern learning methods that help engage and inspire students and foster new figurative artists.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Utilising and mastering chosen materials
- Basic proportion and how to begin any portrait with a simple and logical approach
- Simplifying portraits to break down construction
- Basic anatomy of the head including the skull and how to practically use this knowledge on your drawing
- Features of a portrait and how to apply them to your own drawing.

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

- Start a portrait drawing with confidence
- Select an appropriate medium
- Position the portrait in 3 dimensional space and identify key anatomical landmarks
- Describe the ‘visual abstraction’ method, and apply it to further portrait subjects
- Recognise, troubleshoot and correct mistakes
- Participate in discussion about your own and colleagues work, using appropriate terminology.

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

Beginner to intermediate. An understanding of basic drawing fundamentals like shapes, values and edges is advantageous but not essential.

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

You will be given 1:1 feedback on your work both in classtime and through work submitted to Google classroom. Livley group discussion will be encouraged, enabling you to learn from your peers.

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

A table easel is recommended this allows for the drawing and the reference to be viewed on the same perspective plane so the drawing will not have perspective issues. It also allows for freer movement of the arm and wrist.

Please purchase these materials for the class:

Graphite 2b-4b
Cartridge paper
General charcoal pencil HB-4B (2--3 each)
Coates willow charcoal size 12 (medium)
Ingres paper (fabriano or daler and rowney) off white or cream/sand 4- 6 sheets

Optional but highly recommended:
Individual stanley blades around 10
Blending stumps (various sizes)
Sanding block

- You will be taught using Google Meet for the LIVE sessions with your tutor and Google Classroom Elearning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos live sessions links.
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser as this works best.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera check if suitable before your course starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth during live sessions.

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

Have a browse of our Life and Portraiture courses for your next step.

Chris Gray

Having completed his studies at Falmouth University of the Arts Chris devoted the next 10 years honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure, landscape and still life painting across the mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years because a senior teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches extensively 1-2-1 and small to medium groups both in studio and online, a regular associate lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and City literary institute. During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the young artist of the year at the Pastel society.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.