Step by step: how to draw portraits

Course Dates: 23/11/20 - 03/12/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Chris Gray

Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using 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.


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 is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- 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.
- 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.

Tutor Biographies
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Course Code: VO126

Mon+Thu, day, 23 Nov - 03 Dec '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £75.00

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