Portraiture: Drawing and Painting (Foundation | EXTRA)

1. Overview

A weekend introduction to Portrait Drawing and painting with an experienced tutor on hand.

An opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of portraiture through drawing or painting a portrait from a model in the studio. 

2. What you will study

Students will have an opportunity to gain tuition and experience in the subject from a successful portraitist artist. Working from a model in the studio, the students will learn the basic techniques of posing the figure, lighting, subject composition, drawing, and application of tone and colour. Advice on the use of particular drawing and/or painting materials will be given on an individual basis, depending on what materials the student chooses to use.

The aim of the course will be to complete a portrait drawing or painting study in one day. Students will learn the basic skills of lighting, composition, and drawing and painting techniques appropriate to creating a successful portrait. This will entail the use of line, tone, form and colour, and instruction specific to the chosen medium.

3. Entry Requirements

Suitable for students with some drawing and painting experience.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £130 (Life model provided all day. Includes basic drawing materials)

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

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RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions)


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Students must provide drawing OR painting materials of their own choice.

Drawing: e.g. rubber, pencil or charcoal, pastels, chalks.

Painting: painting medium of choice, e.g. gouache, acrylics, or oils, a selection of brushes, palette or mixing tray, jars or tubs for holding media and cleaning brushes, rags for cleaning.

Drawing or Painting: support (paper, card, canvas board or canvas, size variable, around A3)

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Start Date

14 and 15 April 2018

Course Length

10 hours
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/EXTRA

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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