Portrait Drawing
Photo by Arturo Espinosa

This portrait drawing workshop will teach you how to draw a portrait from start to finish.


This portrait drawing workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.


Working from photos or a mirror, you will be taught a step by step structure on how to sketch out your portrait before completing in your choice of charcoal, oil pastels or soft (chalk) pastels.


Those with more experience will be taught about how to apply different facial expressions and angles.


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COURSE TUTOR: Frances West

DURATION: Half day

DAY: Saturday

TIME:  10.30am-2.30pm


Autumn: 9 November 2019

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £30 Full Fee / £20 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


Please note that concessions are not available online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.






This course aims to:

Teach people how to draw a portrait using a step by step structure on which to build on in your own choice of media. You will learn about proportions and positioning of facial features, and there is opportunity to explore expressions and angles for more experienced students.


Who this course is for?

Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of drawing who want to specialise in or develop their portrait drawing skills.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Sketch out a basic portrait structure using a step by step guide
  • Apply either pastel or charcoal to complete your portrait with guidance from your tutor
  • Understand facial feature proportions and positions
  • Develop expressions or explore angles for more experienced students


What materials will I need for the course?

To start please bring an A3 sketchbook or loose paper, pencils, sharpener, ruler, white plastic rubber and soft putty rubber.

Photo to work from or a hand held mirror

To finish: Willow and compressed charcoal, coloured oil pastels or coloured chalk (soft) pastels.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Between £10-20. Items can be purchased at a good stationer or from an art suppliers shop, alternatively online shops may be cheaper.


How will I know I am making progress?

You will have a better understanding of how to sketch out a portrait and create a likeness in your chosen media.


Who is the course tutor?

Frances West is an artist and illustrator working in Brighton. She is a practising artist who specialises in drawing, ceramics, illustration and printmaking, which she studied at Winchester School of Art. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and a PGCE teaching qualification.


What next?

Continuation onto another drawing course at Friends Centre would allow more time to develop skills and confidence further.



Saturday 9 November 2019
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Sessions: 1

Full price: £30
Concession rate (if available): £20
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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