Drawing & Painting Portraits and the Figure with Suzanne Kemplay



In this 8 week course students will explore portraiture and figurative drawing & painting. Suzanne will teach how to look at the head and face in detail, learning new skills to aid you in creating confident portraits. We will look at the figure and different ways we can work to express form and movement. This workshop is for anyone who already has some drawing skills and wishes to build their confidence or refresh their practice.

These classes can be done individually but ideally by following from one class to the next you will learn a step-by-step process that will give you a new set of skills and help develop your drawing & painting.

Week 1. Head studies: Exploring drawing the head, placement of features, line drawing and shading.

Week 2. Portrait Head: Working from a photograph of a model we will continue our exploration of the head to develop a finished head study.

Week 3. Copying from the masters: Much can be gained by studying the masters and in this class we will be doing an acrylic painting of a famous portrait painting.

Week 4. Figurative studies in the style of Degas: In this class we will be doing figure studies in charcoal and pastel inspired by Degas’s drawings of dancers.

Week 5. Gestural & Tonal Figure studies: A gestural drawing captures the energy and feel of a pose. We will then do tonal figure drawings using a watercolour/ink wash.

Week 6. Study of Head and hands: In any figurative work hands are incredibly important and should not be ignored. We will do studies of hands and then look at the head and hands together and produce a more detailed study.

Week 7. Painted Portrait: Over 2 weeks, under painting of a portrait

Week 8. Painted Portrait: Finish our portrait.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and refreshments.




Ashley House
1F Ashley Terrace
EH11 1RF

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2½ hours (1:30pm to 4:00pm)

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