• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Drawing

This six week ONLINE Classical Portrait Drawing course is designed as a stand alone course or can be followed with 018 Classical Portrait Painting.  Students will be introduced to classical techniques of portrait drawing through the fundamentals of observational drawing and an understanding of anatomy. Using photo references and sketchpads as the main media, students will learn how to draw realistic head portraitures. The instructor will break down the technical process of portrait drawing into small bites, suitable for beginners. 

You will learn basic anatomy, proportion, value, mark making and block-in and grey scale value rendering. After completion of this course, students may wish to move on to explore Classical Portrait Painting to build on their new found knowledge. 

Winter 2021: 6 Weeks: Base Tuition: $275  

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
017Anahita AkhavanJan. 19, 2021 to Feb. 23, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
6-week courses$275.00

What you will learn

  • Thorough introduction to portrait drawing
  • Basic head/neck anatomy, proportions
  • Classical drawing techniques to render drawn portraits 

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases in case you may need to return any materials.


  • sketchbook
  • variety of graphite pencils (4B, 2B, HB, 2H)
  • kneadable eraser, white eraser
  • willow charcoal
  • masking tape 
  • pencil sharpener or utility knife
  • mechanical pencil