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3 Day Portrait Drawing II

with artist & tutor Kirstie Értz Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 10am - 4pm

  • Starts 5 Aug
  • 320 British pounds
  • Great King Street

Available spots

Service Description

Attempting to draw a portrait from life can be an exciting challenge that really engages the student of portraiture at any level of ability. This course is suited for absolute beginners, and for people who have drawn the portrait before, Kirstie will meet you at your level. This three day course is designed to take you through the process of creating a finished charcoal portrait drawing from a live model. We will be taking inspiration from and implementing twentieth century academic techniques, thus allowing the student to clearly develop through a staged process. A guide of these staged examples will be provided to every student at the start of the course, to support the structure of each day and to give a visual example of what to aim for, each day. By the end of the three days students will have: - Been familiarised with the medium of charcoal and how to create nuanced mark making. - Have tackled the challenge of drawing a portrait from a live model. - Been guided through a drawing process so they can comfortably approach a charcoal portrait from life by applying concepts such as: composition, thinking in value, working with shadow edge, capturing likeness, learning how to take visual measurements, and constructing a head. Day 1 - Basic Composition & Envelope Shape The first day will entail an introduction to charcoal and some quick demonstrations of tackling the portrait from Kirstie. The students will then sketch from the model with her guidance. They will be shown how to measure from life, block in value, and how to achieve an accurate likeness. Day 2 – Blocking in Shadow, capturing a likeness Expanding on the techniques explored yesterday, students will focus on further refining their skills to achieve a higher quality drawing. They will have the opportunity to take two projects/portraits to a higher level thanks to the fundamentals considered the day prior. Day 3 - Taking your drawing to a finalised stage Students will spend the whole day taking the drawing to a finished level. The goal will be to achieve a sense of likeness and a solid feeling of form, confidently handled in the medium of charcoal. Materials the students needs to order: Nitram : Academie Fusains Square Stick Charcoal : Pack of 5 : H (single pkts) Nitram : Academie Fusains Square Stick Charcoal : Pack of 5 : HB (single pkts) Nitram : Academie Fusains Square Stick Charcoal : Pack of 5 : B (two pkts)

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

We will provide a 50% refund if you give written advance notice up to 30 days before the course start date. 0% refund 30 days before a course starts. Please note there is an administration fee of £5 payable in respect of such refunds to cover payment processing fees. You will need to inform a member of administration staff in writing by emailing EDS at Additionally, if you withdraw for any reason after the course has started you will not be entitled to a refund. We are a small business and we depend on every booking to ensure that classes can go ahead. If a student is unable to attend a class due to illness, then EDS must be informed immediately so that the tutor can be notified. If you are missing a class because you suspect that you have developed Covid-19, please let us know immediately so that we can alert fellow student and tutors. Non-attendance of classes/workshops does not automatically mean a refund, however EDS will assess the circumstance

Contact Details

  • 13A Great King Street, Edinburgh, UK

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