Course Information

Portrait Drawing - introduction

QCBR101P

Subject area: Art and Design

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

This is a perfect course for the total beginnerand for those with some portrait drawing experience.


Course Content

Initially we will be looking at structure, proportion, features and hair and the drawing of hands will feature.
We will consider how to capture the 'essence and character' of a person whether they are old or young.
We will be working with live models and also from photographic resources. Initially we will be working in black and white with charcoal and pencil, later the course will progress to coloured pencils, inks, pastels and watercolour.
This is an inspiring new course which is suitable for all levels of ability.

Please note there will be no session on 29/10/2019.

There are no refreshment facilities on site - please bring refreshments with you.
Free Parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.


Entry Requirements

It is open to people with some experience of portrait drawing who may wish to improve and develop their skills. It is also open to beginners who will need to have rudimentary drawing skills. There are no entry requirements for this course.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2019 prior to starting the course.


Learning Methods & Assessment

Learners work at their own level, initially from photographs, tutor-supported with self-referencing notes, learning about the ratios and proportions of the face, drawing full frontal, in profile and three-quarter view; graduating towards working from a live sitter, finding your own style and preferred material choice. Tutor constantly checks for accuracy to enable a likeness to be achieved.


What Qualification Will I Receive?

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.


Where Next?

Beginners can progress to more independent in-class drawing, or other Portrait Painting or Life Drawing courses.


Fee Information

There are no additional course material fees.

For the first session you will need to bring;
• A3 and/orA4 sketchbook
• selection of ‘B’ pencils.

During the course the tutor will advise on further materials you may need.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £100 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply. As the rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can also visit the Course Fees & Finance page under 'Info Centre' at the top of the page.


  • Adult full fee

Course Details

Time: 14:30 - 16:30

Days: Tuesday

Date: 24 Sep 2019 - 10 Dec 2019

Location: Glyme Hall

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk