workshop: drawing the head (portraiture)


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This course will take place at:

Mathers Place, Criterion House, 108-110 Bathurst St, Hobart 7000

16th, 23rd, & 30th January, 10:00-12:00 (3 weeks)


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The subject of portraiture engages a variety of artists around the world. It inspires empathy and connection, at the same time challenges skill and expression. In this three-week workshop, we will journey from the basics of drawing the head and face to the complexity of detailing the features. We will look at both historical and contemporary artworks to inform our understanding and provide inspiration.

In this course we will:

  • learn to structure complex forms through simplified shape
  • draw faces from different angles and perspectives
  • utilise planes and contour lines to simplify and convey the topography of the face
  • study basic skeletal anatomy of the head and face
  • learn about light and shadow, and how it creates form
  • learn about what defines a particular person’s features
  • study the detailed forms and structure of the facial features
  • explore beautiful, expressive mark-making

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for beginner students of portraiture, and those who would like to refresh or deepen their existing portraiture practice.

All materials will be provided

Feel free to bring any of your own materials that you would like to use. We will be providing pencils, paper, erasers and charcoal.  For any further information contact Yilian at or call 0420429774


(Unless stated otherwise, fees for adults classes exclude materials)


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