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Art Academy

Muddifords Court Country House, Willand, Devonshire. EX15 2QG

Course No:1309 The Secrets of Portrait Drawing

(13th September 2017)

Imagine being able to draw your own family portraits. Spend just one day with Devon Artist, Rosa-Lee Tuffney at the Art Academy learning the secret techniques used by the professional portrait artists, you will far exceed your expectations. That is our promise to you!




The Secrets of Portrait Drawing Course No 1309

09.30 - 10.00am

Meet at Muddifords Court, Willand, Devon. EX15 2Q

Be greeted by one of our team who will show you to the studio. Choose your space and settle in with your art materials. Meet the other guests and enjoy a tea or coffee as you prepare for the first lesson. Be sure to have your source image with you to work from.

10.00 - 11.15am

(1hr 15 mins)


Rosa will outline the course for the day and introduce the art materials best suited to portrait drawing. Any art materials a guest does not have but would like to try is provided by the Academy. Discover little known techniques using blu tack, cotton buds, paper stumps and tissue paper. By the end of this lesson you will have selected your pencils, pastels, paper and drawing board, have your source image and everything ready to start drawing. 

11.15 - 11.30am

(15 minute break for tea and coffee)

11.30 - 1.00pm

(1hr 30 mins)


Time to start drawing: This lesson tends to whizz by very quickly. During this time Rosa will attend to guests as and when guidance is sought.

1.00 - 1.45pm

(45 minute break for lunch)

1.45 - 3.00pm

(1hr 15 mins)


Time to assess the work in progress: Demonstrations on how to draw eyes, lips, ears, hair and skin tones are given as requested.

3.00 - 3.15pm

(15minute break for tea and coffee)

3.00 - 4.30pm


This is the fun bit when we put in the highlights and the finishing touches to really bring the portrait to life. Demonstrations on how and where to put the finishing touches are given as requested. We can photograph your work and email the image to you so you can show your friends online.

4.30 - 5.00pm

Guests depart happy in heart with a new found skill and with a portrait to prove it.



When you have booked your place on the course we will contact you to confirm your place. Part of the joy of what we do is getting to know our guests. We will chat to you about your art experiences and preference of materials. We like to work with guests through the process of choosing a source image to work from on the day.

Some of the pitfalls we encourage guests to avoid are images of children with very smiley toothy grins. As soon as we are in front of a camera we are told to smile. Great for a family snap but not a good look for a portrait. An adult mid laugh may evoke a sense of joy momentarily but it is not a natural state for the face. Such a portrait stuck on a wall forever fixed can look weird, even spooky!

A face relaxed is great!   

Try not to choose a photo where you want to draw one face among several others. Enlarging a small area of an image excessively can cause it to fall apart and be too fuzzy to work from.

Photos taken in strong light can cause very dark shadows obscuring the detail in that area. Often the obscure area is an eye socket. We end up seeing one eye clearly and the other is a complete mystery buried in darkness. Soft light with soft shadows, looking at the camera works well.

When you have considered a few images please email to me so we can be sure they will give to great results.

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