Workshop Portrait Drawing

A 5 Day Online Workshop

16 - 20 March 2020  Ended

This workshop is currently not scheduled

Included in membership to Sophie's Art School

Daily Feedback and A Community Feel

A 5-Day online drawing course with daily video lessons and personal support in a supportive class environment

Included in Membership to Sophie’s Art School



Every morning I will share a short video (around 15 mins) showing the progress of my drawing. You can then follow along and receive daily constructive feedback on your work in a friendly and supportive class.

(Sunday: welcome, reference photos)
Monday: Warm up and placement, skeleton drawing
Tuesday: ​Shadow Shapes, smaller shapes
Wednesday: ​Shading
Thursday: Details and further shading
Friday: Finish



Make sure you have a variety of hard and soft pencils, ranging from H, to HB, to B. Use a good quality drawing paper. Don't work too small as you'll get lost in details; and don't work too big as you won't have enough time to get into details.

Reference Photos

I will provide some reference photos for you to work from, including the one I am working from (so you can paint along if you like). Feel free to use your own reference photos.

Is it live?

The videos are pre-recorded so you don’t have to be online every morning to watch them. They are usually published around 8am (GMT). You can watch and re-watch the lessons at any time during the workshop. 


The workshop Community wil be active from Monday to Friday when there will be daily video lessons and support. After that the community forum will stay open for an extra week ( with reduced support) and it will be closed on 27 March 2020.  Support will end then too. After the workshop ends you can watch the video lessons at any time in the Workshop Archive. 


Have fun

It’s not about existing skills, it’s about the joy of learning together! So ‘how good’ you are is totally not important.

How does a Workshop differ from a course?

A course has a curriculum and pre-made lessons. A workshop does not have a curriculum and is mostly about doing something together, at the same time, under the (hopefully) helpful guidance of me and your fellow students. It is great to see everyone’s progress pictures without feeling embarrassed about yours. Together we’ll get there!


Comments Received on Past Workshops

"I thought it was fabulous ! The relaxed feel to the videos and the community exchange. It was very valuable to get daily feedback and encouragement as the week progressed. Knowing that I would post my work at the end of each day made me try that bit harder. Great to watch Sophie do her painting, develop my skills and pick up some tips. The anticipation of awaiting the next day's video post was fun!"

"I felt really part of something that was helping someone (you) and mutually supportive with others, and at the same time develop new skills and confidence. I did not need to leave the house, park the car, get over group angst, I could do things like shopping/mow the lawn/as useful breaks. A week long residential art treat in my own home. Feeling enthused to keep up painting at home now."

"I enjoyed it very much. My first experience with pastels in a "real" project and the workshop provided a lot of great information (use of, variations of, purpose of different varieties, mediums, etc) that was invaluable."

Yes it was great. Liked the daily build up approach with clear instructions and the video was cool ! Good demo and could go back and watch again if need be. So good to get feedback from you at each stage. Nice to see others' progress and exchange comments."

"Loved this workshop! I liked that it was short and very focused and I could see results quickly. Your daily videos were just the right length to give good guidance and not overly long. Your comments on our posts during the week were helpful and very encouraging. They offered specific suggestions for improvement which I appreciated."

"Yes, I enjoyed the workshop immensely. Your instruction is very clear, your feedback is helpful and you answer all our questions patiently. It was nice to go through all the different stages together."

"The workshop was great. The videos were nice and short but helpful and gave a useful amount of work. It was easy to tell when to stop and wait for the next stage. Lots of people shared their work and commented which made it seem like a group project."

Absolutely loved it. I enjoy working with others and this felt like we were doing it together as a group as much as one can "virtually." But most of all I enjoy learning from someone who obviously has a great deal of knowledge and is a gentle, kind soul."