Northern Realist offers two types of Portrait course, one spread over three Saturdays and one as an intensive weekend workshop.

Because of the small class sizes you can work at your own level whether you’ve new to portraiture or have plenty of past experience. It’s recommended to start with charcoal drawing to learn essential tonal principles which will prove invaluable when you’ll be working in paint. This way you can develop your technique and confidence over several courses.

The three Saturday course focusses on building up a drawing or painting over the duration of the course. You’ll work between and a model and a photo taken from your spot as you learn how to interpret the photo. By working between the two you’ll develop the ability to use the photo creatively without becoming a slave to it.

The Weekend workshops are done entirely from a model and teach you how to make portrait studies and sketches. This ability is great for working from a model at the Open Portrait Sessions held weekly at the studio. It’s also an invaluable for making studies for larger pieces and commissions.

Click the links below for more details of both.

3 Saturday Portrait Course

Weekend Portrait Workshops