Learn to Draw a Portrait: Taster

Develop your portrait drawing skills in this online drawing class.

3 hours Class size 1 to 4 (public dates), 1 to 1

label £40 - £60 (£60 per guest when you book for 1 guest, £40 for 2+ guests)

Learn to draw portraits with an experienced drawing tutor from the comfort of your home in this introductory drawing class online.

You'll explore time tested and proven methods combined with modern techniques and learn how to confidently start drawing portraits in a friendly and welcoming environment.

With support from your expert drawing teacher, you'll learn how to draw the simplified head using the world-famous Andrew Loomis method and you'll be introduced to visual abstraction – a method of drawing which has its roots in the ateliers of the 18th-19th century art schools where students were taught the importance of proportion, shapes, edges and values.

Your teacher will provide one-to-one feedback to help you build your skills and lively group discussion will help you learn from your peers and share ideas.

By the end of this drawing class, you'll have covered the essential skills needed to get you confident in starting to draw and develop portraits independently.

Knowledge required
Basic knowledge of drawing is an advantage.
What to bring
  • Good quality drawing cartridge paper.
  • Charcoal pencils (2B-6B), General Pencil Company pencils recommended.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Paper stump.
  • An open mind!
Your teacher
Christopher A Gray
Christopher A Gray

5.0 (2)

Chris originally studied at Falmouth University of the Arts. After leaving university he started studying at London Fine Art Studios in 2012 before being asked to teach at London Fine Art Studios in 2015. The studios taught Chris the traditional craft of drawing and painting which gives the students the tools to draw and paint anything using the method of visual abstraction. This method breaks down what we see into simple elements of shapes values and edges, with these tools Chris went onto win various awards. These include winning runner up young artist award and the John Purcell paper award at the Pastel Society, exhibiting there in both 2013 and 2015.

Chris competed in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year 2014 and was recently asked to exhibit in the Federation of British Artists, Futures exhibition in 2016 winning the Jacksons One To Watch prize.

Chris currently teaches at City Literary Institute, University of the Creative Arts and privately both in person and extensively online, having developed a wide range of skill sets to teach his craft of traditional drawing and painting.

Verified reviews

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Julie Lagden Mar 2022

Chris was great and has managed to explain in a simple way a number of useful principles for portrait drawing that I will take away and put into practice.

Andrew Dickson Jan 2022

Good clear presentation despite some technical hitches. Nice manner made it a relaxing session. Didn’t seem like 3 hours. Thank you

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