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Courses & Workshops

Six Week Portrait Course for Beginners (Graphite & Charcoal)

17 October – 21 November 2019

18:30 – 21:00


A new 6 week course taking place every Thursday at The Tetley! Discounts on food and drink will be available to those that book. Please note some materials will be needed to be purchased by the students. If you are wanting to book onto the course, please call our reception to pay over the phone - 0113 320 2323

Gain confidence and develop a strong understanding of how to draw the portrait in graphite and charcoal. The course will be centred around drawing from a live model, with opportunities to study from photographs and works by master artists to develop skills and confidence. There is a strong focus on the importance of tone, line and proportion and you'll learn how to apply this successfully in a professional and relaxed environment with hands on tuition. Most importantly, emphasis is placed upon the enjoyment and fulfilment of what drawing from life can bring to students of all levels!

We will begin working from a photograph of a model head cast in order to learn and practise basic set up, the use of materials and key terms. The fundamentals on how to begin and progress through the drawing will be established, bringing confidence when approaching a drawing from life.

The following two weeks will be drawings from life working on line, proportion and the importance of light and shadow. We'll develop your skills on drawing what we actually see, rather than what we think we see. Mid way through the course we'll focus on completing a copy of a portrait by a master artist which will help to further understand the skills previously acquired. The final two weeks will consist of two larger drawings, putting together all of the principles to achieve a likeness. Personal style and creativity will also be explored at this stage. Weekly optional homework tasks will be set with support for any questions and guidance throughout the course.

Your Tutor

Luke Thompson is a portrait artist based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His process is based around the classical methods of portrait and figurative drawing and painting, bringing to light the vital techniques of the past into contemporary practice. Whilst working on current projects, he is taking commissions and running regular workshops. More information available here.

Courtesy the artist and The Art House

Courtesy the artist and The Art House

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