Introduction To Drawing A Portrait

Art & Crafts |
22nd September 2023

Introduction To Drawing A Portrait | Fri 22 Sep to Fri 8 Dec | 10.30am-1pm | £200 (10 wks)| 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Portraiture is the perfect discipline to help improve your drawing skills. This course will provide an opportunity for artists of all abilities to develop the portrait, from basic observation of proportion to building structure and form.  There will be a live sitter each week.

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

This course will be taught working with a live sitter. Through a series of enjoyable exercises, you will gain confidence in your portrait drawing skills, improve your ability to capture a likeness and develop ideas of what makes a good portrait.  Different drawing techniques and processes will be explored with an opportunity to personalise your practice throughout the course.

Different teaching and learning methods will include practical work, demonstrations, group discussion, one–to–one advice and guidance, looking at work by other artists, and peer learning.

What do I need to bring with me?

Drawing boards and easels will be provided. To the first session please bring:

  • A3 sketchbook.
  • Soft lead pencils/graphite sticks.
  • Willow charcoal.
  • Putty rubber.
  • Tape or clips to attach the paper to a drawing board.

You will be asked to bring other art materials along as and when necessary.

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get messy so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Important information

There are no sessions during the weeks beginning 23 October and 13 November.

About the supervisor

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 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 and 2018, reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions, her work is collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Cat’s artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

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22nd September 2023

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