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, 27th November - 1 class

Session ID HXAS2104C
27 Nov - 27 Nov 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$249 / $237 (conc)
Anne Bennett

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 Dr Anne Bennett

Dr Anne Bennett is an experienced visual artist, curator and educator. Anne, whose practice encompasses drawing, printmedia, painting, artists books, and curatorial projects, holds a PhD in Visual Art from Monash University and Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

She has held in excess of 15 solo exhibitions since 1986 including Tolarno Galleries, Pinacotheca, numerous institutional galleries around Australia and an exhibition of large scale monotypes at the Post Office Gallery at Federation University, Ballarat and a performative installation of drawings at The Front, Docklands. She has also participated in excess of 70 group exhibitions, including curated shows at National Gallery of Victoria and galleries in Korea, China, Lithuania and UK.

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

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

Notebook & Pen – for taking notes

You will also need the following for subsequent weeks, however, tutor will discuss these items at the first class:

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: June 30, 2022 04:45pm