• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Drawing

This ONLINE course will introduce beginner and intermediate level students to the basics of drawing portraits from observation. Working with a variety of models, we will investigate the 'landscape' of the human head: the layout of faces and the particulars of facial features. We will look at ways to better reflect the proportions of individuals, and how to use value (light and shadow) to convey surface forms. Progressing from short studies at the start through to extended sittings at the end, students will have the opportunity to develop some more fully resolved portrait drawings. Instruction will consist of short lectures, demo drawings, handouts and lots of in-class drawing time with instructor feedback. Media will include graphite, charcoal and Conte crayon.

6 Weeks: Fall 2020: Tuition: $265 + Model fee: $80 = $345

8 Weeks: Winter 2021: Tuition $325 + Model fee: $90 = $415

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 Thomas Hendry, is a Toronto-based artist and has been an instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1996. His drawings, shown in numerous exhibitions, use the means of traditional art to create contemporary images, images that address the beauty, mystery and complexity embodied in the human form. In addition to teaching at TSA, Thomas is an instructor at Sheridan College and has taught at The Haliburton School of Fine Arts, the AGO Gallery School, through the TDSB and OCAD Outreach Program.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
029Thomas HendryJan. 21, 2021 to March 11, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Winter 2021
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8-week courses$415.00

What you will learn

Key information about head structure and facial anatomy 

  • Looking for planar structure on heads
  • General proportions and orientation of facial features - and ways to check proportion and alignment within drawings
  • Approaches to describing light and shadow 

Materials to Bring

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

Students will supply their own materials (paper, ballpoint pen & pencil, conte crayon). Depending on availability, there are Dollar Store/Walmart/Staples alternatives for all exercises.

  • Paper: newsprint ideal, other sketchbook or photocopier bond okay
  • Drawing tools: conte crayon, charcoal, soft pencil or charcoal pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Plus any drawing materials that you may already have