Short courses


Portraiture: Drawing and Painting the Head (Afternoon Course)

  • 2.5 hours per week
  • 8 weeks


This eight-week course will develop your ability to represent the human head and allow you to build a body of work around a single subject.

The emphasis is on developing your drawing and painting skills through a practical approach to the study of portraiture.

You'll learn strategies that will help you when working on your own sustained painting from life after the course.

Classes are held on Tuesday afternoons, from 2:30pm to 5pm

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content

Initially you'll focus on studies working directly from the model, through linear drawing and measurement, and tonal studies.

You'll then move onto approaches that allow for more expressive potential. You'll explore colour and its role in the articulation of space and form.

These structured, developmental studies will lead into a small sustained study over the final two sessions.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced and want to refresh their knowledge of the basics.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


The cost is £375.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. To claim this discount, you'll need to enter your UPI number (on your UCL ID card) when booking.

This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board and studio space.

The fee also covers the cost of materials supplied by the Slade. Once your booking is confirmed, you'll be sent details of which materials will be provided and which you'll need to supply yourself

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

Course tutors for this evening course are Ian Rowlands, Kate Hopkins.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 11:15