A person is drawing a face onto plain white paper

About Contemporary Portraiture (VA13 Autumn)

Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary portraiture.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a flexible course for students interested in contemporary approaches to drawing and painting portraits. You will learn drawing and painting skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, and colour. You will have the opportunity to explore different art materials including pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint, and watercolour.

The tutor will provide tailored individual guidance according to your experience, aptitude and specific goals, and will support you to find your own creative direction. For beginners, the course will be structured into weekly group projects. The tutor will demonstrate a technique and provide examples, then provide support as students try out the technique. More experienced students are welcome to undertake their own projects and the tutor will provide input as and when needed.

These sessions provide an opportunity to further your individual drawing and painting skills all while working from a professional clothed life model. We employ a range of different male and female models who will sit for two consecutive weeks.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students at improver level, who are looking to refine their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

The studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Watercolour paper is provided and basic art materials may be borrowed on the day. You may wish to bring your own sketchbook and bring additional materials to work with as the course progresses.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials must be provided at your own expense

Who teaches this course?

Paul Bartlett

Dates and times

  • September – December