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Develop an understanding of how narrative and cinema brings portraits to life in this unique six week course where you make observational drawings from the silver screen.

What will you learn on this course?

Through observational drawing studies based on film screenings, you will develop an understanding of how narrative and cinema brings portraits to life. With inspiration from famous art periods, you will explore the relationship between subject and media, colour and atmosphere.

You will also be guided through techniques of improving your artist’s eye, developing your understanding and interpretation of form and tone to produce detailed portraits. 

The artist tutor gives each student individual attention, according to their experience, aptitude and specific goals, supporting them to find their own creative direction. For beginners, and others who wish to follow it, there is a weekly structured course consisting of group projects.

The tutor will demonstrate a basic art material technique, show examples of his own or other artists work and support students as they try the technique themselves. Students may also spend time developing a particular approach. More experienced students, or those returning to the course, are welcome to undertake their own projects with the knowledge that a professional artist tutor is available to offer input and support in reaching your goals.

These sessions are an excellent opportunity to further your individual drawing and painting, gaining an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right.  

This class includes a short break.

Weeks 1 and 4 will be in the Hexagon Theatre making observational drawings from the cinema screen.

Weeks 2,3, 5 & 6 will be in the Painting and Drawing Studio where students can develop their portraiture work more fully.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open students of all levels. Everyone will be assisted individually based on their existing experience. It is expected that most students will have some general experience of drawing, even if they are beginners at portraiture. However this course can be used as a refresher for basic drawing techniques with reference to a portrait model. Returners are welcome to initiate their own projects with tutor support and feedback as required.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

Mac Studios are equipped with easels and drawing boards.  Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?


Who teaches this course?

Milan Topalovic 

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