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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Gillian Melling
  • Course Code W22PDGA07E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Do faces fascinate you? Draw and paint from the model and learn to make portraits that are solid and realistic. Use knowledge of proportion, anatomical structure, tonal contrast and colour theory to improve your drawing and experiment with acrylic and/or oil painting.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • To know what to look for when drawing and painting portraits (visual analysis)
  • Use a variety of drawing and painting materials
  • To be able to make a portraits look solid and realistic
  • To be able to mix colours and skin tones
  • To refer to both the great masters and contemporary artists for inspiration


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is a practical course and you will spend most of your time drawing and painting from the model and casts of the head. Your tutor will set different tasks for the class, as well as encouraging you to develop a personal style. There will be demonstrations and explanations of different approaches to portraiture. Tuition is given to the whole class and on an individual basis. You will also be encouraged to take part in discussions of artists' work and to learn from each other's different ways of working.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for people with some drawing & or painting experience. If you are a complete beginner, we recommend that you attend Drawing for beginners which will give you practice in gridding and measurement and analysing the proportions of the face.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This class takes place in D11 which is on the first floor with no lift access. The studios have been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a maximum of 7 learners plus the model and you will be expected to comply with the distancing guidance. We strongly advise that you bring and wear a face protector and you will be asked to wash your hands on arrival. While work stations will be sanitised before your session, you will be required to wipe down your chair, easel and table before you leave using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided. Some oil painting chemicals may be harmful. The tutor will advise you on the safe handling of these and you are advised not to attend this class if you are pregnant. You are currently advised to provide your own materials and painting equipment. .

    What you need

    During Covid 19 restrictions you will need to bring your own materials as it is not advisable to share: Charcoal, soft pencils, erasers, paints and pastels etc, a Sketchbook A5 or A4, drawing board clips and/or masking tape. Paper will be provided. You should bring and wear a face protector. Although hand sanitiser will be provided on the door, it will also be useful to carry your own. Please bring anapron or overall as the Morley aprons will not be available.

    What you can do next

    Further courses at Morley include Life Drawing and Painting, Experimental Painting and Drawing or courses in Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, etc.