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

Thursday, 13th February - 3 classes

Session ID HXAS2101C
13 Feb - 27 Feb 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$229 / $218 (conc)
Peter Grziwotz

Week One

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.

Week Two

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.

Week Three

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.

Melbournian Peter Grziwotz is an award-winning artist with a passion for portraiture, especially self-portraiture. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions and is held in the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, as well as corporate and private collections. He holds a BA (Fine Arts) and Master of Fine Arts (Research).

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: January 29, 2020 04:38pm