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Student Artwork by Benjamin Magesh

Course Prices

Inside UK / NI


Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£295.00 in 4 instalments at £73.75 each

Portrait Painting Online Art Course

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 written 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.

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 (detail) by Pernilla Nehler

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 (detail) by Pernilla Nehler
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Pencil
  • Watercolour
  • Gouache
  • Oil
  • Acrylic
  • History
  • Anatomy
  • Eyes, mouth, nose, ears
  • Hands
  • Clothes
  • Children
  • Self-portraits
  • Group portraits
  • Backgrounds
  • Using the mediums
  • Proportions
  • Expressions
  • Poses
  • Colour theory

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Below are a few images from the course.

Many thanks to London Art College and specially Mr. Alan Dedman.

S Muhammad

The comments of Alan were very useful and so thank you very much for it.

S Täuber