Course Overview


Spring term: Thursday 23 January – Thursday 26 March 2020


Spring term: 10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00


Abi Kremer



Portraiture is an art form involving visual analysis, interpretive and expressive skills.  To capture the ‘essence’ of another human being is an extraordinary thrill and challenge. This course will enable students to develop as artists with individual tuition.

Each week will focus on building skills in a different media, beginning with line and tone using graphite, chalk and pen, graduating to colour with pastels and watercolour. You will learn to accurately gauge the fine proportions of the human head using a variety of live models, bringing their own special qualities.

You will gain mastery of composition, proportion, perspective and colour mixing, building a personal style of mark making. A feature of this course will be the study of master portrait artists, both historical and contemporary, with illustrated handouts for each session. Students will be challenged to make real creative progress, producing a strong portfolio for exhibition or course entry.


  • Guidance on measuring proportion from varying viewpoints
  • Tuition on the structure of human skull to inform your drawing
  • Mastering the skills of line, tone, colour and form to create a confident, resolved result.
  • Developing skills with graphite, chalk, pen, pastel and watercolour.
  • Guidance on portraying surfaces, including skin and hair, with conviction.
  • A professional portrait model in each session
  • Analysis of the portraiture genre, historical and contemporary, with illustrated hand outs.
  • The support of a tutor who is a practicing artist and experienced lecturer of fine art and art history.