Developing Portrait Drawing

Creative Learning |
18th January 2019

Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Fee £139 | 10 weeks

Observing from life is the perfect discipline to improve drawing skills. This course will provide an opportunity for people of all abilities, including beginners, to develop their drawing and painting in the skills through the discipline of portraiture. You will be guided through a series of mark making and measuring exercises exploring different drawing and painting techniques, using a variety of mediums. Colour will be explored through the use of some limited colour combinations. The higher fee for this workshop reflects using a model in each session.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Through a series of observational drawing tasks you will learn to:
Demonstrate an effective use of measuring techniques within portraiture.
Observe and draw more accurately through the discipline of portraiture and study of the human form.
Practice and apply various drawing techniques to portraiture in the quest to expand drawing and mark making skills.
Experiment with various drawing media in order to expand the possibilities of drawing.
Use a range of different limited colour palettes within portraiture.
-Appreciate and discuss drawings and portraits by other artists.
Methods of learning in the course:
Practical work. Demonstration. Group work. Group discussion. One–to-one. Looking artwork by other artists. Peer learning. Self-assessment. Tutor assessment.
By the end of the course/workshop you will be capable of :
-Using measuring techniques within portraiture.
-Observing and drawing more accurately.
-Using a wider variety of drawing media and different drawing techniques.
-Adding elements of colour to a portrait.
-Identifying a wider variety of portrait artists.

What do I need to bring with me?

A3/2 sketchbook (any further paper will be discussed before each session), soft lead pencils/graphite, willow charcoal, a putty rubber and tape are essentials. Other mediums will be explored and you will be asked to bring these along as and when necessary.
When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?

None. Students need to provide their own art materials.

About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait award for young artists in 2001/2. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014 and 2018. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally, and works from her home based studio in Kendal. Her art work focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.


18th January 2019

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