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Learn to draw portraits with our online drawing short courses from Sydney!

The human face has been a source of inspiration and challenge to artists through the ages. We humans are biologically drawn to connect with faces and the feelings they convey, making portraiture a time-honoured art form in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Join us online to learn and practise the drawing principles for capturing the human face in drawing.

Whether you are drawing for the very first time or have some experience, this short course will help you develop the skills and techniques to draw faces.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this portrait drawing course, beginners should be able to:

  • understand the basic anatomical structure of the human face and head
  • use basic portrait drawing techniques
  • select images and use multiple viewpoints to understand the unique presence of the subject

Students with more advanced drawing skills should also be able to:

  • demonstrate a range of portrait drawing techniques
  • draw strong relationships between basic anatomical structure and the observed human face

What will be covered in this online portrait drawing course?

  • Geometric equivalents of the head, neck and shoulders
  • Cranial mass and its influence on the appearance of head and face
  • Characteristics of facial features and how to observe them in all faces
  • Capturing gestures and expressions.

Who is this online portrait drawing course for?

This workshop is suitable for beginners and students with some drawing experience.

Course materials

Option 1: Purchase the basic materials kit at enrolment checkout - make sure we have your address and allow at least 5 working days for delivery.

Option 2: Uncheck the materials kit at enrolment checkout and bring your own. Here's what you'll need:

  • charcoal pencil, soft
  • solid graphite pencil, 6B
  • drawing pencil, 2B
  • soft white eraser and kneadable eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • a sketchpad, A4 or A3

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Online Portrait Drawing Course

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Online Portrait Drawing Course

Great reasons to enrol in a short course with us

Small classes

A personal approach means quality learning, so you can enjoy plenty of interaction with your instructor and the chance to ask questions.

Short & sweet

Our short courses & workshops get straight to the point, providing the skills you need with minimal commitment of your precious time.

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Our range of venues suit every type of course, are easy to get to, and have the equipment and tech needed to support your learning.

Easy, secure enrolment

Enrol online 24/7 with a safe, convenient 3-step process, and you can change your mind up to 7 days before class starts.

Quality instructors

Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: 5 stars for content and tutor's knowledge... (there was an) issue negotiating the Zoom anonymity versus class dynamics: not much interaction or feedback possible in the time available.

  • said: I thought it was excellent.

  • said: Doing this course via Zoom was very convenient and helpful... could clearly see teacher’s demonstrations and reference photos. I learned a lot about portraiture and would easily recommend her class to others.

  • said: 5 stars

  • said: Elinor is a very skilled artist and teacher. She gave us 3 nights of clear insight on the details of face construction and detail. I feel very privileged to have experienced her sketching expertise.

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