Portrait Painting Online Art Course (C7)

Tutored by Alan Dedman BA, RAS, PGCE

The Portrait Painting Course is a Certificate Course

Portrait Painting has had an important, even dominant, place in the arts for hundreds of years. This continues today and Portraits remain one of the most regularly commissioned forms of art. Most successful portrait artists received sound training in basic technique and without such training the chances of success are greatly reduced. Our course is a very good introduction to the subject

The portrait Painting Art Course teaches you how to represent a character. You will learn how to draw people accurately, and how to build up a picture of their life through use of settings and backgrounds. This course uses several different media for portrait painting.

The Portrait painting course enables students to understand and perfect the simple techniques of portraiture giving them the confidence to tackle this interesting and stimulating area of art. Persuade friends and relatives to sit for you or paint from photographs.

Student Artwork by Mani Kumar Motkan

Student Artwork by Mani Kumar Motkan

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Pernilla Nehler

Student Artwork (detail) by Pernilla Nehler

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Pernilla Nehler

Student Artwork (detail) by Pernilla Nehler

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for students with previous experience in drawing and painting.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed


Eyes, mouth, nose, ears
Group portraits

Using the mediums
Colour theory

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself, by Van Gogh and Degas

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