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 six live, online classes.

6 Mondays From 15 April 2024 – 20 May 2024 (11 am – 1 pm UK time)


Uncover the essentials of Renaissance portrait drawing to transform your drawing approach by learning the foundational elements of this great historical process. These six 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 Process of Drawing the Head | Where and How Renaissance Artists Started

Class 2 – The Structure and Form of the Head | Understanding the Head’s Proportions

Class 3 – Placing the Features and Modelling their Design | How the Parts Align

Class 4 – Refining the Form and Applying Tone | Illuminating the Design

Class 5 – Chiaroscuro, Relief and Depth | Layers of Tonal and Contour Modelling

Class 6 – Expression, Mood and Character | Emphasising the Purpose of the Drawing


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 15 April 2024 – 20 May 2024 , 11 am – 1 pm UK Time

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