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Weekend Portraiture: Drawing and Painting

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA
Portraiture | Drawing and Painting | Foundation | EXTRA

An introduction to portrait drawing and painting with an experienced lecturer on hand.

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

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

10 hours
Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 2.00pm

You will have an opportunity to gain tuition and experience in the subject from a successful portraitist artist.

Working from a model in the studio, you 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 you choose to use.

The aim of the course will be to complete a portrait drawing or painting study over one weekend.

You 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.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.    

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 



Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.




This course is tailored to the individual. It is open to participants wishing to revisit or maintain their painting practice or beginners seeking advice and improvement.

Required Age

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


Course fee: £155

Materials & Equipment

You must provide drawing OR painting materials of your 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)

If using oil: please use a solvent substitute such as Sansador or Zest-it. No turpentine or white spirit will be permitted.

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided.

A life model is provided during the course along with some basic sketching materials/paper supports.


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

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

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