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Online Portrait & Capturing Character for Beginners (Sept)

Always wanted to be able to draw a face? Well then you're in luck! Let us guide you in this friendly, introductory class. Includes joyous tuition from an experienced HSA tutor PLUS a voucher to enjoy an Unguided Portrait Drawing session after this one!

Online Portrait & Capturing Character for Beginners (Sept)
Online Portrait & Capturing Character for Beginners (Sept)

Time & Location

18 Sept 2021, 14:00 – 17:00 BST

Online Zoom Event

About the Event

Online Portrait and Caputuring Character for Adult Beginners - Learn the Basics & have Fun! (also suitable for improvers)

If you've always wondered how on earth to draw a face, how to get the nose to look like a nose or how to draw hair but just never knew how to even start? Then this is the workshop for you! 

We love Life Drawing at the HSA, we really believe it to be the bedrock of nearly ALL artistic practice - if you can draw a human, you can pretty much draw anything!  We also know how daunting it can seem, particularly faces! You may have seen our Unguided Life Drawing sessions, with all the incredible models we've been drawing, but couldn't join in because you didn't know how.  Well, we think it's time to give you the right tools!!

We've designed a spectacular workshop including:  a brilliantly inspiring 3 hour class that will set you off in very much the right direction. You'll be taught by Life Drawing tutor Jo Harris, founder of the Art School, with over 25 years Life Drawing experience. We'll be starting with the basic shapes, how to plot the face out, training the eye to see things as they really are (not how we imagine them to be) and how to avoid all the usual pitfalls. Then we'll be moving on to the subtleties of shading, using different materials and how to draw the more complicated features.  We'll be looking at how to achieve a short pose face as well as a longer portrait pose - it's going to be a lot of fun and VERY informative!



Each participant will get a voucher code which gives them free access to  one of our amazing online, Unguided Life Drawing sessions (of their choosing) as part of the package!

Price £35, includes: A hugely fun, inspring and information-packed 3hr online group Portrait Class, with an experienced, working artist and tutors AND a voucher to enjoy a free Online Unguided Portrait session (worth £10)!

What to expect:

On the day, you'll log onto Zoom using the link that will be emailed to you. You'll then get to enjoy two and a half whole hours of fantastic creative learning, online, with other Life Drawing newbies, just like you. It's always a fun and relaxed atmosphere and a real feeling of all being in it together!

For the first half of the session, Jo will give you a concise introduction on how to get to grips with the basics of drawing the face - how to plot it on the page, how to loosen up and how to render all the right shapes in proportion. You'll be viewing Jo's working example and then drawing from a  Life Model. Jo will do her best to demistify the art of drawing the facial features and give you plenty of tips and tricks along the way from her vault of extensive life-drawing knowledge!

Then there will be a break where you can catch your breath, have a chat, (have a kitkat) before setting off on the second glorious part of this session, where we'll be looking more closely at the features of the face, how to draw hair and try to capture the character of our model.

What else will you need?

To draw with please have the following:

2B pencil



Tortillion (paper smudger) or kitchen towel

Willow charcoal (not essential)

Charcoal pencil (not essential)

We would like to encourage you to work with nice fluid drawing movements, which is much easier to do on a larger scale.

Please could you equip yourself with a sketchbook of size A4 or A3 (no smaller) or some large sheets of white cartridge paper- this needn't be expensive and can be bought from most online Art Suppliers (click on the links below for their website):


Cass Arts


Please note, if you're using loose sheets of A3, you'll need a drawing board - this can be the back of a tray, a large piece of strong cardboard or anything hard you can lean your A3 sheet of paper on.  

When: Sat 18th September 2021, 2pm start (UK time)

Duration: 3 hours

Designed for adults - suitable for 14+. If you have a teen working towards Art A-levels or Portfolio then this would be a great introduction for them also. Please contact us if you are booking for someone in this position.



Due to an extremely small admin team, the time it takes up and the financial difficulty it causes the HSA, we are unable to offer refunds or replacements for orders made in error or a changed mind. Please make sure you check the date BEFORE placing the order.

We are unable to offer refunds or replacements for forgotten/missed sessions which are the responsibility of the purchaser.

In the extremely rare case where a refund is issued there will be a service charge taken for our time and the payment/booking charges we have incurred.

If it's our fault:

If you're unable to attend the session through a mishap/error on our part, we will make sure you are provided with a link to the recording (if one is made)  - or a voucher to attend any forthcoming sessions of the same type - alternatively we will issue a refund.

The income from the events is used to pay for our brilliant tutors, models & photographers, the rent on our studio and of course to pay the salaries of the hard working folk behind the scenes who put all our workshops and events on.


  • Life Drawing for Beginners

    Saturday 18th September, 14:00-17.00 (uk time)

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