This course has concessions available

Portrait Day

This is a practical one course to explore portrait drawing and painting, with one pose for the whole day. Students will work from the clothed figure for 5 hours and work in a medium of their choice. This course is perfect for students interested in portraiture and who want to refresh their drawing and painting skills working from the model or to discover a new way of working. Beginners are welcome.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

The course is for students interested in portraiture and who want to refresh their drawing and
painting skills working from the model or to discover a new way of working. Beginners are welcome. This is a practical course in drawing and painting.

What does this course cover

The aim is to draw the model using a medium of your choice. You can use dry materials :
pencil, charcoal, pastel etc or you can use wet materials, any water-based paints, ink, water-based ink pencils, watercolour pencils, oil paints etc.
Instruction will be given to beginners to observe and measure proportions and to relate shapes
and tones.
Students will be encouraged to make a 2-dimensional composition linking the model and the space.
Any student, whatever their experience will be encouraged to draw for a short time or all the session The distinction between drawing and painting is secondary to the engagement with the process of observing the model and making a complete work.
If you are an advanced, experienced student you may want to paint most of the day.
The aim is to make a completed work that represents your experience of working from the clothed figure; this may mean a highly representational likeness or something less 'realist' but more about using the materials in an expressive manner.

By End Of The Course You Will Have:

Made a drawing or painting from the clothed figure using your observations and feelings.

Learned how to look at the situation of the model and students in a Covid-Safe environment.

We will keep to the social distancing guidelines, we will look at measuring the model from a distance to find a suitable scale image, relate the figure in the studio space to your drawing or painting and create a 2-dimensional composition.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

All materials will be provided

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’