Begin to Draw a Portrait

Art & Crafts |
27th January 2024

Begin to Draw a Portrait | Sat 27 Jan | 11am-5pm | £50| 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Take your portrait drawing skills to another level with this intensive workshop covering observational skills, measuring techniques and mark-making and tone. A portrait sitter will be present throughout the day.

What will the course cover and how will it be taught?

A fantastic opportunity to complete a portrait from life in one day. During the workshop you will be guided through some quick drawing exercises to help with basic measuring and observation skills using graphite/pencil and charcoal.  This will be followed by a 2-hour long portrait from a sitter where expert advice and guidance will be tailored to individual needs.  Choice of media, techniques and process will be personal for the long pose, with the premise of pushing your portrait to a level that you have never achieved be a choice of, either in likeness, detail, tone, colour and / or texture.

Through a combination of practical work, tutor demonstration and group discussion, you will:-

1)  Expand mark making with a variety of drawing media.
2)  Practice and develop measuring techniques within portrait drawing.
3)  Develop the representation of tone and structure.
4)  Appreciate life work by some other portrait artists

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A3 cartridge/drawing paper
  • 2 x sheets toned paper (pale grey or pale brown sugar paper will do)
  • willow charcoal
  • putty rubber
  • soft graphite stick or 6B/8B pencil
  • masking tape or clips to attach your paper to a board
  • White pastel

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to bring an apron and/or dress for mess.

About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.  Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

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27th January 2024

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