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Portrait Painting - Beginners

Portrait Painting - Beginners

If you have ever been intrigued by portrait painting, our Portrait Painting for Beginners courses are the perfect place to start exploring and learning how to compose, draw and eventually paint a portrait from scratch. Our course is suitable for beginners, as well as those who have some experience in drawing and painting and want to learn the specifics of portrait painting.

Gain confidence in achieving a likeness and create several pieces of work to put on your wall or share with friends and family. Portrait painting is a vast field, but this beginners course aims to make it fun and enjoyable, giving you a solid grounding of composition, likeness and brush techniques.

Hear what our students have to say


I loved the tutor. She was very patient with us all. Her teaching was excellent. I learned so much!

Sarah


Portrait Painting for Beginners Course Content

First stage: drawing, working in line and tone

  • Study the skull, facial structure and proportions, angles and expressions
  • Explore portrait composition through examples
  • Get an introduction to drawing materials and equipment
  • Sketch self-portraits
  • Learn how to get a likeness, exploring individuals’ distinct features

Second stage: introducing colour and escaping from the line

  • Work with professional models and learn how to set them up with background colours and lighting
  • Develop an understanding of basic colour theory and flesh tones, using a limited palette
  • Incorporate working with a plumb line
  • Demo techniques and discuss the colours seen in the face
  • Start working on short pastel colour sketches, working from the model

Third stage: working with paint

  • Get an introduction to water-mixable oil paints, brushes and equipment
  • Learn various techniques such as ‘wet on wet’, blending and blurring edges
  • Explore accents and highlights to bring a painting alive
  • Work on one long pose for your final portrait

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DATE DAY TIME DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
6 Nov - 20 Nov Fri 18:45-21:15 3 weeks Lawrence Francis Crane Arts Theatre £125.00
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6 Nov - 20 Nov Fri 18:45-21:15 3 weeks Lawrence Francis Crane Arts Theatre £125.00
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12 Feb - 27 Feb Fri 18:45-21:15 3 weeks Vicky Saumarez Arts Theatre £125.00
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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.
Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833.

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.
(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

DATE DAY TIME DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
6 Nov - 20 Nov Fri 18:45-21:15 3 weeks Lawrence Francis Crane Arts Theatre £125.00
Book Now
Click the gift icon to gift this course
Book Now
Gift this courseClick the gift icon to gift this course
12 Feb - 27 Feb Fri 18:45-21:15 3 weeks Vicky Saumarez Arts Theatre £125.00
Book Now
Click the gift icon to gift this course
Book Now
Gift this courseClick the gift icon to gift this course

PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.
Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833.

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.
(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

Portrait Painting – Beginners Venues


Portrait Painting – Beginners tutors


All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.

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