Portrait Drawing - Mixed Ability

Course code: QPXU006P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

6:30pm - 9:00pm


26th Apr 2023 - 5th Jul 2023

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course will teach people with some or no experience the basic proportions and ratios for drawing a full face from different angles, and assist the more experienced learners to develop their skill and competence in drawing using live models.

This carefully structured course allows you to progress and consolidate your learning at your own pace. This can accommodate complete beginners and those with some prior experience of portrait drawing, including some who have completed a term of this course already.

Through tutor-led and independent work you will explore stages of proportion and facial ratios which will lead to the development of your personal style, which is a key element of the course.

The course content includes:
• Composition.
• History of portraiture.
• Drawing in pencil, charcoal and pastel.
• Perspective.
• Proportions of the head.
• Line construction and tonal drawing.
• Introduction to human anatomy.
• Portrait drawing techniques.
• Experiments with style.

For the first session please bring A3 cartridge paper, A4 sketch book and your usual drawing equipment. The tutor can advise on further equipment you might like to buy.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 31/05/2023

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.

This course may lead to an improvers course or another course in drawing and painting with Oxfordshire Adult Learning.
For example take a look at:
Acrylic painting
Museum Drawing
Drawing and Watercolour
There are no entry requirements for this course. This course is structured to suit learners’ pace and prior abilities. This can accommodate complete beginners and those with some prior experience, including some who have completed a term of this course already.
Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2022 prior to starting the 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 2022 prior to starting the course.
You are expected to provide your own materials, which might cost you up to £20. Please do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

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 £300 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 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 find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £137.50
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £137.50

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

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.
As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement ..
This is a practical course, and teaching methods will include lecture, demonstration, individual practice, pair work, group discussion, quiz, exhibition of completed art projects, peer evaluation and 1:1 guidance from the tutor. Your tutor gives you informal feedback. Optional homework between sessions will help you to progress. It is always beneficial for learners to practice outside of the classroom.