Drawing Portraits


If you would like to explore your creative side’ this course is for you.

In this course students will work from photographs, using mirrors and drawing ourselves; by looking at each other and we will have a model for two of the classes towards the end of this course.

  • We will begin by studying the anatomy and measurements of the head and shoulders and we will explore drawing the portrait through the use of different materials and approaches – gesture drawing, blind contour drawing, ink, charcoal on wet paper and pencil drawing.
  • We will explore spatial relationships, creating interesting surfaces with paper, ink painting tools and mark making.
  • We will learn how to measure facial features, proportions of the head and facial structure, draw with ink, capture a likeness and express ourselves.
  • We will look at other artist’s work for inspiration and develop our observational skills with a goal to create our own surprising and beautiful portraits.

This course is for students who are complete beginners to drawing portraits and those looking to improve. I would recommend that you have taken a drawing class before.

Your Tutor: Emma Copley

Emma Copley has a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Fine Art from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art where she graduated with Distinction in 2017. She was one of 25 artists shortlisted in The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016 and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Award in 2015. Copley has shown her work internationally in exhibitions and fairs in the UK, the US, and Italy, including the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, and The Other Art Fair London. Emma has completed work for exhibition, commission, advertising and publication including recently; commission for British Airways; solo exhibition at London’s Hospital Club; residency at Stephen Perse Foundation Cambridge, award winner Other Art Fair x Habitat Print Award; longlist Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020, commission for Cambridge University Library to create a large painting installation, which was recently purchased and added to their permanent collection.

What you will need to bring to the first session

You will be able to add to your ‘kit’ gradually, but to start with it is helpful to have:

  • Board
  • Tape
  • Vine charcoal
  • Paper

Course Details

Day Tuesday
Time 18.30-20.30
Weeks/Term 10 weeks
Start Date 13 September 2022
Cost £130
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