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Learn to draw accurate head studies with confidence for portraits, life drawings or character sketches.

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Course Price £120, reserve your place with a £40 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.

On this online course with Christopher Clements you’ll learn an approach to draw head studies in an organised way, making one decision at a time. You’ll look at techniques to build up head studies in layers, adding detail as you become more confident about the big picture.

What you’ll learn will be perfectly suited to making stand alone portrait sketches, studies for studio portraits or developing your life drawing skills.

Is this course for me?

This course perfect for beginners as we’ll cover all the basics you need to know. If you’re more experienced it will offer you chance to try a different approach and develop your existing skills.

If your aim is to paint portraits, the course will help you focus on the fundamental drawing skills necessary to give your paintings a strong foundation.

If you struggle with the head in your life drawing the course will help you take your drawings to the next level.

The class is limited to 9 students, giving you plenty of personal feedback and helping you work towards your own personal goals. Whether you’re looking to learn core principles or push your skills from a more advanced position the course will have plenty to offer.

Workshop Overview

Christopher will begin the sessions with an explanation and demonstration of the principles to be covered. You’ll then work on your own drawings using reference images sent to you, getting plenty of personal feedback as you progress.

Each week you’ll focus on a different aspect of drawing the head, building on the previous class. In the final week you’ll bring everything together in a finished drawing.

  • Week 1: Proportion and orientation
  • Week 2: Structure and lighting
  • Week 3: Features
  • Week 4: Finished study

By the end of the course you’ll be familiar with principles required to drawing convincing head studies and developed your portrait drawing technique.

About Christopher Clements

Christopher Clements is a professional painter and founder of Northern Realist Drawing & Painting. He has exhibited internationally and featured in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Pastel Society annual exhibitions. He studied Fine Art at Manchester School of Art and Classical Drawing and Painting at the Angel Academy, Florence. Christopher has been teaching drawing and painting at Northern Realist and the University of Salford for 7 years. He combines his extensive subject knowledge and friendly approach to bring out the best in his students. Classes with Christopher are always informative, constructive and fun.

Essential Info & Booking

  • Price :£120
  • Date: Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th March 2021
  • Time: 18:30-21:00
  • Location: Online via Zoom

Questions: Use Contact Form above right or visit the Contact Page or email info@northernrealist.com

How The Course Works and What You’ll Need

The workshop will be done using Zoom, you will be emailed a reference images and an invitation to the sessions after booking.

Bookings are made by paying a deposit via Eventbrite, you will then be invoiced for the remaining balance.

You’ll need an internet connection and webcam and the following materials:

  • Newsprint paper
  • Smooth Drawing paper (Strathmore Bristol or similar)
  • Willow charcoal
  • Conte Pierre Noire or similar carbon or charcoal pencils
  • Putty Rubber
  • Soft eraser
  • Craft Knife
  • Sanding Block
  • Kitched Roll
  • Paper Stumps

Course Price £120, reserve your place with a £40 deposit, the remainder will be invoiced before the course.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Chris: info@northernrealist.com

What's the refund policy?

No deposit refunds, remainder refunds up to 2 weeks in advance.

Full refund if the course is cancelled

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