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Learn to draw portraits with a drawing short course in 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, so portraiture is a time-honoured artform in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Join us for a day in the art studio to learn and practise the drawing principles for capturing a likeness in the human face. Whether you are drawing for the very first time or have some experience, this course will help you gain and develop skills and techniques to draw faces.

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand the basic anatomical structure of the human face and head
  • use basic portrait drawing techniques
  • set up a model to take the best advantage of their expression and unique presence

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
  • relate a pose to the composition to convey expression and unique presence.

After this course, you might like to enrol in Portraiture Drawing 5-week course for more in-depth learning.

What will be covered in this 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 gesture and expression.

Who is this course for?

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

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

Corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church).

What to bring to class

Option 1: Purchase a full materials kit at enrolment checkout. This will be supplied in class.

Option 2: Uncheck the materials kit at enrolment checkout and bring your own - click here for list.

Additional information

  • Closed-in shoes required
  • Please wear old clothes
  • Long hair should be tied back


Portrait Drawing Workshop

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$189 Limited inc GST / $142 / $151.20 / $170.10
Materials kit can be purchased at checkout - or uncheck it to bring your own.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Portrait Drawing Workshop

If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Portrait Drawing Workshop

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