Portrait Drawing with Hester Berry

Course Details

Date

Tuesday 03rd December 2024

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

In this workshop, we will look at how to look objectively at the face, removing barriers of presumption and foreknowledge.

 

We will draw from a model, starting with simple shapes to built up the form of the face, drawing on the use of construction lines. We will look at devices which aid us with measuring distances and angles, and work to get an accurate structure. We will then learn about tone, which will add volume and life to the work.

 

This observation-based approach is the best way to get a likeness in your portrait drawing, and can be applied to subjects such as life drawings and still life, improving your drawing in general. The class is suitable for any level of ability, whether you are a complete beginner, or just looking to hone your technique and improve certain aspects of your discipline.

 

Having grown up in rural Devon, Hester was always interested in landscape and the environment. Her traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led her to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing her studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, she taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. Hester recently returned to live and work in Devon.

 

Her paintings and drawings are exhibited widely within the UK, and sell privately all over the world.  Hester has won several awards and was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year.  She has been teaching painting and drawing since 2011, at places such as Draw Brighton, Camden Arts Centre, and now Cornwall School of Art.

 

Course Information

Ability level

All abilities welcome

Medium

Charcoal, Pencil

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  • Sketchbooks or paper (whatever size you are comfortable using – if you are not sure, A3 or A2 white cartridge paper is perfect)
  • Pencils (a range from 2H to 9B but you don’t need all of them. I use 1 x HB, 1 x 3B and 1 x 6B)
  • Charcoal or graphite
  • Rubber (not putty)
  • Sharpener

CSOA can provide drawing boards and easels if needed

All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.

 

Hester Berry

Hester’s practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but she is constantly challenging her understanding of “painting” and exploring ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. Hester has won several awards and was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year.  

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.

Cost

£85.00

Date

Tuesday 03rd December 2024

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost

£85.00

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Art Course ticket ONLY – Tues 3rd Dec 2024
£85
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Art Course + food ticket – Tues 3rd Dec 2024
£95
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Included in this ticket: A space on the course listed and a homemade vegetarian quiche and fresh mixed salad, with a choice of bottled apple juice or elderflower presse. (Contains gluten, milk and cheese.)

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