• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Drawing

This ONLINE course will introduce students 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 018 Classical Portrait Painting to build on their new found knowledge. 

Summer 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.
* This course is not currently open for registration

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