Learn to draw portraits from life with Stella Tooth

Stella Tooth

4 Nov - 9 Dec

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course Fees: £225 (Full); £210 (Retired); £180 (Concession)

Class details

Join us for a six week practical course and learn to draw portraits. Each week we work with a different model so you can learn the skills you need to draw portraits from life.


9am – 12pm

4 November – 9 December

Course Fee: £225 (Full Price); £210 (Retiree Price); £180 (Concession Price)

Limited to 8 people

This is a practical course led by an experienced portrait artist and tutor, Stella Tooth. She will lead you through the steps you need to follow and build your confidence. By the end of the course you’ll know how to approach drawing a portrait from life.

We’ve booked a different model for each week of the course so you will learn all the skills and concepts involved in drawing a portrait from life. We’ve a mix of professional male and female models for the course and have covered a range of ages. Throughout the course you will improve your techniques and learn to capture the character and subtlety of the face.

During this course we focus on using pencil and graphite. Join us for the follow up course to learn how to use coloured pencils.

This course is suitable for people with all levels of ability.


We provide the following materials for you:

  • A3 Sketch Pad with smooth, heavyweight paper
  • Masking Tape
  • A General Eraser and Precision Eraser
  • Easel
  • Drawing Board

You need to bring:

  • Pencils : HB, B and a range of graphite pencils 2B and above
  • Sharpener

The tutor will have HB and B pencils for the first session


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 4 Nov - 9 Dec
Friday 9:00 am
Fees: Course Fees: £225 (Full); £210 (Retired); £180 (Concession)

About the tutor

Stella Tooth

Stella Tooth is an Ealing-based figurative artist, specialising in portraiture and musicians. As a member of the Lots Road Group of portraitists, she undertakes both painted and drawn portrait commissions of adults, children and pets and has portrayed well-known sitters, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie and John Humphrys. She creates images which go beyond the photographic depiction of moments in time to capture lives lived up to this moment. In her busker and venue entertainer artworks, her focus is on capturing the creative energy of performing live and she is resident artist at iconic music venue the Half Moon Putney.  Winner of the Judges’ Prize at Egypt’s first biennale (2013), she has exhibited at the Milan Expo, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015).  And she exhibits annually in BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) open studios. She has taught drawing for six years in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld and Tate Britain for Sketchout. 

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