Portrait Drawing | Workshop

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

Date & Time

3rd-7th August 2020 | Monday to Friday | 10.00-17.00


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

This is the perfect introduction to portraiture, especially if you are considering doing a Portrait Painting Workshop at a later stage and can be paired with Stephanie’s Portrait Painting Workshop during the following week.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

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.


Please bring the following materials with you. Items marked with an asterisk are stocked in the LARA shop. Please call ahead if you would like to reserve items to ensure availability.

  • Nitram charcoal* – H, B, HB
  • Faber Castell White Pitt pencil*
  • Faber Castell putty rubber*
  • Masking tape*
  • Fixative spray* – for use outside only
  • 1 sheet of pre-toned Arches watercolour paper per student* (provided)
  • White mirror*
  • Black mirror*
  • Plumb-line* You can read how to make your own plumb-line here: http://www.aristidesatelier.com/blog/making-plumb-line (provided)


“Of the classes I have taken at various schools in London, I feel that I learned the most in the shortest amount of time whilst at LARA. The atmosphere of intensely looking for five days a week along with the individual tutor feedback, has really honed my observation and painting skills” – Jennifer Chau, Portrait Drawing Workshop student 2018

Bundle Discount

Receive a 10% discount on this course when you also purchase Stephanie Kullberg’s Portrait Painting Workshop (following week).

To take advantage of this offer simply add this course to your basket and then enter the following coupon code at the checkout:


Portrait Painting Workshop (discounted by 10%) will be automatically added to your basket.

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Stephanie Kullberg

"Learning how to paint is like learning how to play an instrument, you start with the basic techniques"


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