Christmas Holiday // The Contemporary Portrait

This drawing and painting course is taught by two artists each with a different approach to working from the head. The week will begin with a visit to the Klimt/Schiele drawing exhibition at the Royal Academy, with the opportunity to sketch from the works on display.  Techniques and ideas from the work of both artists will inform approaches of drawing the portrait back in the studio.  Over the week, the course will offer an opportunity for a sustained period of enquiry, revision and experimentation and seeks to develop both perceptual skills and a personal language in response to the sitter. Referencing a broad range of contemporary and traditional artists from Hans Holbein to Lucian Freud, Alice Neel and Paula Modherson Becker this course will explore the many facets of the drawn and painted portrait. We will explore how scale, depth, focus, tonal range, viewpoint and composition can affect the works’ emotional charge. All levels welcome including beginners.

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Christmas holiday courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.