Drawing the Head: Studio Foundation Workshop

Head Construction Demo by Christopher Clements



Have you ever wanted to draw portraits but…

  • don’t know where to start?
  • feel that your portrait drawings need more structure?
  • stop life drawings when you get to the head? 

Whether you want to draw portrait sketches of friends and family, improve your life drawing or create a solid foundation for portrait paintings this workshop with Christopher Clements will provide you with a flexible set of skills that you can use for your own creative purposes.

The workshop will take you through everything you need to know to create the foundations to draw believable head studies from life including:

  • Head structure and placement of the features
  • Orientation and connection to the body
  • Expressive, dynamic gesture
  • Key landmarks & what to look out for
  • Speed & efficiency
  • Sketching materials


You will develop your drawing abilities working from life, starting with the fundamentals: gesture and proportion. This is an essential foundation for convincing, dynamic portraits. From here you’ll work through the main structures of the head allowing you to draw the features and smaller details with confidence.

  • Capture the gesture & orientation of the head
  • Develop your sense of proportion & structure
  • Place the features with confidence

The approach is designed to build your drawings in logical way by making one decision at a time, each stage informing the next.

Materials are provided and places are limited to give you plenty of personal feedback and allow you to work at your own level and pace.

The workshop is chance for you to spend time concentrating on your portrait sketching skills with other like minded, friendly artists. Whether you’re looking to learn fundamental principles or push your skills from a more advanced position there will be plenty to learn and benefit from.



Is the Drawing the Head Workshop for me?

The course is particularly suitable for people who would like to develop their portrait drawing abilities and will suit all levels. It’s well suited if you’re just starting out as we’ll cover all the basic drawing principles you need to know. 

If you’re more experienced it will offer you chance to try a different approach and develop your existing skills. 

It would also be beneficial if would like to get more out of life drawing classes as we’ll lookout the connection of the head and torso, which can prove tricky.

If you’re looking for a foundation for portrait painting the course will help you focus on the fundamental drawing skills necessary to give your paintings a strong foundation.

Whether you’re looking to learn core principles or push your skills from a more advanced position the course will have plenty to offer.

By the end of the workshop you’ll be familiar with an approach which will help you draw well proportioned heads with dynamic gesture and accurately placed features. This framework will enable you to draw with confidence and imagination in your own work.

How The Course Works and What You’ll Need

Everything is provided including easels, drawing boards, pencils and paper so that you can just turn up and learn.

There will be an hour break for lunch, you’re welcome to bring your own food however if you prefer,  Stretford Arndale is across the road with a range of shops for lunch as well as the amazing Stretford Foodhall.

  • Free parking in the Dorset St. carpark next to Stretford Public Hall.
  • Stretford Metrolink is five minutes walk.
  • Chester Road is also well served by a range of buses. 




Essential Info & Booking


Date: TBC


Location: TBC

How to Book: Bookings are made by paying a £20 deposit via Eventbrite, you will then be invoiced for the remaining £80 balance directly. This is due a week before the course begins. Follow the ‘Book Now’ links on this page to Eventbrite pay your deposit.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

email: info@northernrealist.com or use the contact form on the right.

What’s the refund policy?

  • No deposit refunds unless the course is cancelled, remainder refunds up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Full refund including deposit if the course is cancelled