Drawing the portrait

Weekend-long practical course

Courses and Classes

● Fully booked

  • 28 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 29 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

F. Ernest Jackson, A.R.A, Portrait of Dorothy Hutton.

Pencil on wove paper. 380 x 252mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Artist and member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Andrew James leads a practical course exploring the descriptive and expressive possibilities contained within the drawing of the human head, using charcoal and graphite.

As an ancient art form going back at least to the early Egyptian period, portraiture has flourished for almost 5,000 years. Before the invention of photography, the painted, sculpted or drawn portrait had been the primary mode of representing an individual likeness. But portraits have always been more than just a record. They have been used to show the power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, taste, learning and other qualities of the sitter. Since the early Renaissance period, portraits have almost always been used by leading artists as their preferred genre, often becoming their core artistic output.

No artist has been able to fully understand the scope and scale of making art without first getting to grips with the realities of drawing from life. In all of its beautiful simplicity, the discipline demands a highly focused study of observable information along with a playful and imaginative interpretation of those facts.

Artist and member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club, Andrew James will lead an exclusive workshop based around the concept of portrait drawing. Participants will work from two models, placing them in a broad variety of poses, employing different lighting conditions. The course is an excellent opportunity to explore the descriptive and expressive possibilities contained within the drawing of the human head, using charcoal and graphite.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 28 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 29 October 2017, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch and wine reception at the end of the second day.