Art Portrait Drawing

Fri 25 Sep to Fri 23 Oct 2020 (BLOCK 1) | Fri 6 to Fri 11 Dec 2020 (BLOCK 2) | 11.30am to 2pm | NEW EXTENDED CLASS | £87.50 (5 weeks) |Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid

Observing from life is the perfect discipline to improve drawing skills.  This course will provide an opportunity for people of all abilities, specific to beginners, to develop their drawing skills through the discipline of portraiture. You will be guided through a series of mark making and measuring exercises exploring different drawing techniques, using a variety of mediums.   The higher fee for this course reflects using a model during the course.

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, both linear and tonal, 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.
  • 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 at work by other artists.  Peer learning.  Self-assessment.  Tutor assessment.

By the end of the course 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, both linear and tonal.

Identifying a wider variety of portrait artists.

Important Information

Please note there are no classes on the following dates:

29 October and 20 November 2020

What do I need to bring with me?

A3/2 sketchbook (any further paper required will be discussed before each session), soft lead pencils/graphite, willow charcoal, a putty rubber and tape or clips to attach paper to a drawing board 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. 

Are there any additional costs?


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, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  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.

Please note that this is a continuing course, with BLOCK 2 following BLOCK 1. Places on BLOCK 2 will be prioritised initially for those enrolling in BLOCK 1. Places may be available for BLOCK 2 only, subject to availability.

catherine macdiarmid


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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