Art Portrait Drawing

Fri 11 June to Fri 16 July | 10.30am-12.30pm | £70 per 5 weeks | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid

Observing from life is the perfect discipline to improve your 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.

If this course has sold out, you can add your details to our waiting list here to register your interest. Please include your name and contact details.

Important Information

Please note there is no class on the following date: 25 June

In line with current government guidance, this class will be limited in numbers due to social distancing measures. A priority booking period will be available to those who have recently attended portrait classes at the Brewery.

Places for those new to the class are subject to availability; remaining places will go on general sale online on Sat 5 June.

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

Working direct from a portrait model you will be guided through a series of mark making and measuring exercises exploring different drawing techniques, using a variety of mediums.

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.

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.

What do I need to bring with me?

Drawing boards and easels will be provided.

Please bring:

  • A3/2 sketchbook (any further paper required will be discussed before each session), -soft lead pencils/graphite
  • willow charcoal
  • a putty rubber
  • 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.

Please read our Covid safety measures before visiting the Brewery. Masks should be worn during the class.

Are there any additional costs?

No

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. www.catherinemacdiarmid.co.uk

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