Drawing the expressive portrait

Weekend-long practical course

Courses and Classes

● Fully booked

  • 12 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 13 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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George Clausen RA (1852 - 1944), Study of the head and shoulders of a woman, portrait of the artist's daughter, Katherine (detail), probably ca. 1935.

Pastel on wove paper. 205 x 275 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

This practical course explores the descriptive and expressive possibilities of the drawn portrait using a range of materials and aesthetic approaches

As an ancient form of image creation dating back thousands of years, portraiture has often been seen as an ideal genre to record and capture an individual’s essence. However, with its capacity to elicit a deeper emotional truth and gestural statement, the drawn portrait can be much more than a visual record. It can provide insight and an emotional, timeless connection with its subject.

This course explores expressive drawing within the context of portraiture, which can help unlock some of the barriers to describing the subject that one is concerned with portraying. Applying different techniques, media and scale to a work in a physical and active way allows for unexpected outcomes, investing the work with an emotional component which more controlled approaches often fail to capture.

Artist and member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club Andrew James leads this exclusive workshop based around the concept of expressive portrait drawing.

Participants will work from two models, placing them in a broad variety of poses, employing different aesthetics, drawing materials and drawing styles. The course is an excellent opportunity to explore the descriptive and gestural possibilities contained within the portrait, using charcoal, chalks and graphite and to develop the skills and understanding to draw the portrait.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 12 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 13 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception.