Certificate On Campus

Expressive Life Drawing and Portraiture (Stage 2)

Arts University Bournemouth

1 months
319 GBP/full
319 GBP/full
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This Expressive Life Drawing and Portraiture (Stage 2) course from Arts University Bournemouth will enable you to develop your creative visual language in response to drawing the figure and portrait.


Observational drawing is an essential discipline for all artists to acquire. Working from both sources, portraiture and life drawing, will challenge your drawing skills and enable you to rapidly improve your visual analysis.

Programme Overview

The Expressive Life Drawing and Portraiture (Stage 2) course from Arts University Bournemouth will begin with life drawing, enabling you to establish a personal drawing language, before moving on to portraiture, so that you can develop your technique. Both disciplines require interpretive and expressive skills. This course will enable students to develop as artists with individual tuition.

Each week will focus on building skills in a different media, beginning with line and tone using graphite, chalk and pen, graduating to colour with pastels, watercolour and acrylic. You will develop your understanding of composition, proportion, perspective and colour mixing, building a personal style of mark making. A feature of this course will be the study of master life/portrait artists, both historical and contemporary, with illustrated handouts for each session. Students will be challenged to make real creative progress, producing a strong portfolio for exhibition or to supplement any existing studies.

A carefully chosen range of professional life/portrait models will be provided to enable students to gain maximum benefit from the experience.

The course aims to:

  • Enable students to gain confidence in their drawing ability.
  • Develop skills of line, tone, colour and form using a range of different drawing and painting media.
  • Enable students to improve visual analysis, and take ownership of their artistic progression.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Understanding the structure of the figure and head, looking at proportion and perspective.
  • Building an individual expressive composition with line and tone.
  • Understanding colour theory and mixing to interpret a range of skin tones.
  • Developing skills with charcoal, graphite, coloured pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint.
  • Guidance on portraying surfaces textures including skin and hair, with conviction
  • Instruction on historical and contemporary masters with illustrated handouts.
  • One to one support for individual style development.
  • The guidance of a tutor who is a practicing artist and experienced lecturer of fine art and art history.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Places on our Short Courses are limited so we advise that you enrol as soon as possible to secure a place. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

This course is aimed at students who have some prior experience of life/portrait drawing or who have already completed our Life Drawing – an Introduction short course and would like to take their skills to the next level.

For your first session please bring:

  • A2 cartridge paper
  • Willow charcoal
  • Eraser and a selection of pencils.

Tutor will be in touch to clarify before the first session.

For the following sessions you will need:

  • A1/2 heavy cartridge
  • Watercolour paper 300g/m
  • Ingres or pastel paper (mixed colours)
  • HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils
  • Charcoal, graphite, drawing pen
  • Coloured chalk pastels
  • Putty and plastic eraser
  • Watercolour paints and Indian ink
  • Acrylic paints, palette
  • Range of sable substitute and bristle brushes
  • Masking tape, fixative

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
  • National

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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