Portrait Drawing and Painting: Structuring the Head

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Programme Overview

Please note that our next programme of courses for Spring-Summer 2018 will be available from March 2018.



Setting up a portrait requires some knowledge of the underlying form of the skull. Massing this framework and locating underlying anatomical landmarks, supports the confident placement of features.

Initially students will draw as if 'sculpting’ the head, working with construction lines to suggest proportion and seeking a basic overview. Analytical and expressive drawing exercises will culminate in more developed drawings using directional/form lighting. There will be demonstrations and useful handouts to encourage studio work.

This course is suitable for a broad range of abilities.