Drawing Portraits from Life for Beginners

18 May

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£35 (£30 Concessions)

Class details

Drawing Portraits from Life is an exciting new course for OPEN led by professional portrait artist and tutor, Stella Tooth.

Tuesday 18 May

10am – 1 pm

£35 (£30 Concessions)

Limited to 7 artists

If you are learning how to draw portraits, this three hour workshop is for you. It is a practical course and we work with a live model. During the session you will learn the skills and concepts involved in drawing portraits from life; including:

  • structure
  • proportion of the head and features
  • subtlety of line
  • pose
  • expression


You need to bring your own materials for the workshop.

  • A good quality A3 drawing pad with rigid back
  • 2 sheets toned (neutral) drawing paper roughly A3 size
  • 1 good quality black pencil and 1 good quality white pencil
  • HB pencils with rubbers on the end
  • Sharpeners
  • Masking tape
  • Wet wipes

We’ll provide the easels and drawing boards and make sure all equipment is sanitised before the workshop.

About the Tutor

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.  

Visit Stella’s website https://stellatooth.co.uk/

John Humphrys and me with my portrait of him in BBC Radio 4’s Today 15 May 2014 by Jeff Overs

Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 18 May -
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: £35 (£30 Concessions)

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