Start drawing portraits

Course Dates: 10/07/19 - 12/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Desmond Haughton

Build your confidence in working from the model. Start with pencil and charcoal, learning the technical side of drawing, and proceed into colour, using chalk pastels to explore the expressive possibilities of portraiture.


What is the course about?

This course is for both beginners and the more experienced student, aiming to help students overcome what can be the intimidating process of tackling drawing portraits. The course starts with a series of simple drawing exercises which become progressively more challenging.

What will we cover?

As well as looking at the technical aspects of drawing i.e. how to measure, how to see and understand tonal difference, how to get a likeness, students will also explore the expressive possibilities within drawing the portrait.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Draw a head which looks three dimensional
• Draw features of the face
• Try to capture likeness and expression
• Explore expressive marks.
• Use simple strategies for using colour in portraits with chalk pastels.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners to intermediate level students welcome.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is structured and students will be shown practical demonstrations, examples of artist’s work, one to one tuition and group discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All drawing materials are provided.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

After this course you will be able to join any of the Build portrait painting or drawing classes as well as the life classes such as Portraits 1 and Life Drawing.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VH767

Full Wed-Fri, day, 10 Jul - 12 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £109.00
Concession: £66.00

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.