Course Summary

Create expressive self-portrait and portrait drawings by observing yourself and photographs. Explore pencil, charcoal and ink techniques, and study the structure and proportions of the head and facial features in order to create a convincing likeness.

Course Sessions

Sunday, 22nd September - 1 class

Session ID HXAS2103C
22 Sep - 22 Sep 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$229 / $218 (conc)
Carolyn Large

Course Outline

Practise drawing the silhouette of the head, neck and shoulders.

Learn how to measure general proportions and block in the structure of the head using construction lines.

Make studies and complete a self-portrait of the head and shoulders using descriptive line and tonal hatching in pencil.

Block in the structure of head and upper body using line on a grey toned ground.

Make short studies and develop an extended self-portrait or portrait using an eraser to establish high lights and light tones and develop shadows in compressed charcoal.

Make short studies drawing directly in line with brush and ink.

Establish proportion and structure of the head and body in pencil and develop an extended self-portrait or portrait in line and tone using brush and ink technique.

At the completion of this course you will have made a series of short drawings that explore how to measure proportion and block-in basic shapes using line. You will have learnt how draw form using descriptive line and how to analyse lighting on the face and how to use hatching and continuous tone. And you will have completed a range of different self-portraits and portraits in three different mediums.

About Artist Carolyn Large

Carolyn Large is a practising artist located in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. As a member of the Sunbury Art Society, Macedon Ranges Art Trail and the Woodend Art Group she has participated in a number of exhibitions including Trentham, Woodend, Sunbury and the Melbourne City Council. Carolyn specialises in pet portrait commission work, portraits and landscapes, working primarily in pastel, charcoal and acrylic paint mediums.

Carolyn also works as a textile artist, specialising in needle felting. She has achieved commercial success in both 3-D and 2-D felting and continues to expand her skills in “painting” with wool to produce works of beauty that reflect the natural environment.

Please bring the following items to the first (and subsequent) class:

Pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B

Notebook & Pen – for taking notes

Willow Charcoal – thin and width of index finger

Round Hogs hair brush – thin and width of index finger

10 sheets A1 size cartridge paper

2 sheets A1 Watercolour paper

Three plastic cups for water and ink

Kneadable eraser.

Small rectangular mirror


Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.

Last updated: July 23, 2024 04:39pm