with artist and tutor Christine Frew

Thursdays from 1.30pm - 4.00pm

23rd Sept, 30th Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct

28th Oct, 4th Nov, 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov

13 Great King Street, EH3 6QW


Students will be shown how to simplify the portrait using various techniques, encouraging confident mark making. We will be using charcoal, later in the course there will be the opportunity to use other mediums such as pastel if you wish. We will explore drawing tools and mark making, using charcoal in a painterly fashion to create some exciting, expressive portraits.

You will be shown how to best achieve a likeness as well as making some of your own simple drawing tools to experiment with!


  • Willow charcoal size medium 

  • Charcoal pencil ,medium 

  • White chalk pastel and /or a white pastel pencil

  • Kneadable eraser, grey

  • Blending stump (we can make our own with tissue roll)  

  • White/toned pastel/cartridge paper or Norfolk paper 150g (A2)

Please read Covid-19 Guidelines page for information about studio-based classes.

Painting Easels

In order to fulfil our obligations to tutors and models, as well as sustaining cash flow to the school, please note that we are only able to offer 50% of each class capacity to those booking with credit. If you are not able to redeem your course credit this term, we will endeavour to honour your credit in the following term. Please read our Refund Policy closely.