Renaissance Portrait Drawing 1

Foundations and Process


Learn the Foundations of Renaissance Portrait Drawing and understand the design of the human head and face in these ten live, online classes.

10 Mondays From 8th January 2024 – 18th March 2024


Uncover the essentials of Renaissance portrait drawing to transform your drawing approach by learning the foundational elements of this great historical process. These ten live, online drawing classes show you how Renaissance artists drew each part of the human head and their formula for executing a complete portrait drawing. Understanding each stage of how Renaissance artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael drew the head will enable you to start drawing portrait confidently with the knowledge of an authentic methodology and the principles which underpin it. This course breaks down and demystifies the process and theory of drawing the human head, showing you to draw each feature, their proportions, and how to draw them as part of a dynamic expression.

You will Learn:

  • How to complete a portrait drawing from start to finish
  • How to draw the shape and structure of the human head
  • The design of each of the facial features
  • The proportions of the head, face and features
  • How to draw the head at various angles
  • How to align the features according to the inclination of the head

Course Structure

Class 1 – The Design of the Features | The Eye

Class 2 – The Design of the Features | The Nose

Class 3 – The Design of the Features | The Mouth

Class 4 – The Design of the Features | The Ear

Class 5 – The Shape of the Head | Dynamic and Form

Class 6 – The Shape of the Head | Proportions and Alignment

Class 7 – The Head and Face | Design and Substance

Class 8 – The Head and Face | Defining the Face

Class 9 – The Full Process | Combining all Elements

Class 10 – The Full Process | Expression and Mood


This course is ideal for anyone seeking to learn how the Renaissance masters drew the human head and the theory they applied. The course will introduce historical methods of drawing from the Renaissance to both artists who are starting and those with experience. If you are a beginner, this course will get you started with a good foundation in drawing the head, and if you have drawn a lot already it will give you a new approach which is rooted in traditional craft. Each drawing exercise is not at a high level of difficulty and will be accessible to those with little experience.

You will Need:

  • Pencils (HB recommended) or Silverpoint
  • Paper (White or Off-White, if using silverpoint paper must be prepared with a ground)
Start Date

Mondays 8 Jan 2024 – 18 March 2024 , 6-8 pm UK Time / 1 – 3 pm NY Time