Portrait Drawing | Masterclass

Learn how to produce an accurate and convincing representation of the live model on paper, using charcoal and white chalk.

Date & Time

21st - 25th January 2019 | Monday to Friday | 10.00-17.00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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During the five day course, students will learn and apply the fundamental principles of representational drawing and various charcoal application techniques, creating a finished portrait drawing from scratch. The course will also familiarise students with the sight-size method as an efficient way of measuring and assessing one’s work.

This course would work very well as an basic introduction to portraiture, especially if you are considering doing a Portrait Painting Masterclass at a later stage.

Aims of this Course

This course will address:

  • Proportions of the head and face
  • Value and tones
  • Composition
  • Using the sight-size method
  • Drawing techniques
  • Recreating the effect of light on paper

The Facilities

Each class is limited to 8 students working from two models in sight-size. The Workshop Room is located within the main LARA London studio. Each model is lit with individual professional photographic lighting, which provides a steady, unchanging environment from which to observe all elements of portrait drawing.


A full materials list will be provided on booking. Most materials can be purchased in the LARA shop onsite.


“Sofia’s observation and guidance was very informative” – Peter Faulkner, Portrait Drawing Masterclass student 2018

“Sofia was always on hand to support and encourage everyone” – Linda Green, Portrait Drawing Masterclass student 2018

Learn from the best tutors

Sofia Welch

"Studying at LARA enabled me to acquire the fundamental visual skills, and gave me the confidence in both my work and myself to pursue a career I had always dreamed of."


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