West Dean College, Chichester, UK

Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 September 2022

This course will help you develop the fundamental skills of observation and mark-making that
portrait drawing demands. If you have never explored portrait drawing before, it will be an
opportunity for you to build a solid foundation on which to develop, and for those of you with more
experience it will be an excellent chance to revisit core principles and receive one-to-one input on
developing your personal practice.
Through a mixture of demonstration, structured exercises and one-to-one feedback, you will first
explore how to fluently represent the face, using quick and convenient methods for translating a
likeness into a 2-Dimensional representation. You will then look at various devices for more
accurately measuring and constructing a portrait, both as a whole and broken down into various
tricky parts. You will also look at tone and discover other ways to refine your drawing and bring it
to life.
By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the core skills that go into the
practice of portrait drawing, particularly the skill of unmediated and honest observation. This will
provide you with a foundation on which to develop your portrait drawing practice and to get closer
to a likeness of your sitter. You will also leave with a better understanding of how to use your

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West Sussex
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