For Art classes and workshops in and around Leighton Buzzard


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Times and Dates for Portraiture:

Mondays 10.00-12.00 Heath Village Barn, Eastern Way, Heath and Reach, Beds.LU7 0AA.

10 weekly sessions from 13th January – 23rd March  (excluding 17th Feb.)

What happens during these classes?

The poses in this class tend to be longer than for Life Drawing, and the sessions are structured around themes that suggest ideas of character, mood or scene, or that take inspiration from a particular artist or art movement.

I teach how to draw the face and figure in proportion, but emphasise that although it is sometimes really important to achieve an accurate likeness – that shouldn’t always necessarily be the goal. A striking portrait is, above all a portrayal of the sitter, an expression of how the artist sees that person, or what they feel about them. (One only has to look at Van Gogh, for example to understand how a portrait can be expressive.)

All sorts of media are used here, including pencil, charcoal, pastels (chalk and oil), watercolours, acrylics and oils.

I demonstrate ideas and techniques and give “hands-on” help when asked.

What to expect at the first session and what to bring:


If you are just joining the class, I suggest bringing “basic” materials to the first session: an A3 white cartridge drawing pad (with a hard backing board), a couple of soft drawing pencils (such as 3B and 6B), some willow charcoal ( a box of mixed thicknesses is best) and a putty rubber.

Please note: No materials or equipment can be provided (including boards and easels) – although I will usually have spare pencils/charcoal/rubbers!

One response

  1. Lynn Horsnell

    A stimulating, helpful and friendly class.


    April 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

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