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Portrait Drawing from Life Workshop

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

£60.00 – £65.00
Portrait Drawing from Life Workshop with Paul Bartlett, Summer 2023

Portrait Drawing from Life Workshop with Paul Bartlett RBSA

A professional portrait model will be in one long pose (with breaks) throughout the day. Students may either devote the whole day to resolving one work, or produce more studies with guidance from an expert tutor.

Age group and abilities to be taught        

  • 18 years and above.
  • Suitable for those with some prior drawing experience

Course aims and skills/knowledge to be taught

  • Produce portrait drawings working from a model.
  • Learn dry drawing media drawing techniques

Course outline for Portrait Drawing from Life Workshop

Morning activity

  • Combined introduction and overview of options for the day via examples of the tutor’s own art work
  • Introduction to measurement, proportion, “general to specific” or “specific to general”, etc.
  • Practicing line and tone on white paper for beginners.
  • Individual guidance for more experienced students

Afternoon activity

  • Continue working from one long pose to practice your drawing, with supervision and guidance from the tutor when required
  • Resolving study from morning work or respond to options introduction by the tutor for using mid-tone paper

Materials and equipment required by participant

  • A folder to take your work home in
  • A selection of drawing materials including graphite pencils, willow charcoal, charcoal pencils, white chalk or similar, plastic and putty erasers

Materials and equipment provided

(These will be provided for use during the workshop and are included in the fee)

  • A2 sheets of cartridge paper
  • Grey paper for pastels
  • A selection of drawing materials

Methods of assessing outcomes

  • Discussion of workshop with Workshop Tutor and fellow workshop students and completion of evaluation form.

Booking information

  • To book please visit the RBSA Gallery website and click ‘workshops’ at the top of the page. Alternatively, please call the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 during opening hours Tues-Sat 10.30am – 5pm. Bookings can also be made in person at the Gallery. Payment in full is required at the time of booking to secure a place.
  • Payments can be made by card online, by card over the phone, and by cash/card at the Gallery.
  • Places are limited to 10 people per workshop unless stated otherwise. Allocation will take place on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Please inform the RBSA Gallery when booking of any health conditions or additional needs as some workshops might not be suitable.
  • A valid student ID must be provided to receive a student discount.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you, the customer cancels your booked workshop, we are unable to offer you a refund.
  • Transfers to an alternative workshop may be possible depending on the circumstance and is of the discretion of the RBSA Gallery.
  • In the event of under-subscription, workshops may be cancelled or re-arranged. We will give you as much notice as possible if this happens and you will be able to transfer to another course or receive a full refund. The RBSA is unable to refund additional expenses, such as travel and accommodation.
  • If you are booked on a workshop and do not turn up on the day, a refund will not be given.

Continual Professional Development (CPD) and Copyright

  • We welcome bookings from people attending for Continual Professional Development (CPD). However, our workshops are not designed as CPD. If your employer is paying for the course or you require more details about what you expect from the course, please contact the Gallery in advance before booking.
  • The workshop content and any information provided (e.g. handouts, guidance notes, etc.) are the intellectual property of the artist delivering the workshop. They should not be used or reproduced without permission from the artist (e.g. copying handouts to use in any classes workshop attendees might deliver themselves afterwards). 

Other information

  • The workshop will take place in the RBSA Gallery, floor 1. The space will be closed to visitors and will only be used by workshop attendees. However, staff and volunteers will need to walk through the space at various points in the day to access the staff office, which is located on the same floor.
  • Attendees can leave their materials in the workshop space during their breaks but the RBSA will not be responsible for any loss or damages.
  • Please bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, there are a number of cafés and sandwich shops within walking distance of the Gallery.
  • Please bring an old shirt or apron to help protect your clothing.
  • The continuous redevelopment work in the city center has caused increased traffic, delays, and diversions in and around the City Centre. Therefore, please allow yourself plenty of travel time, plan your route, and check your parking arrangements.
  • If you are travelling by car, please ensure your car is clean air zone compliant, or charges may occur.


August 3
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
£60.00 – £65.00
Event Category:


Paul Bartlett


Gallery 1


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