Mastery in Portrait Art: The Basics of Classical Drawing

Welcome to my art courses at KUNSTHUIS André. Have you always wished to be able to draw a good portrait? Then you are in the right place! Drawing is not a talent, but based on skills that anyone can learn. I will provide you with the tools to understand the basic techniques of drawing a classical portrait.

Read on and sign up (see form below) for one of the upcoming courses. You can register now to guarantee your place. After registration we will send you an invoice to confirm your place.

Look forward to seeing you soon!


drawing portrait course middelburg kunsthuis andre

First stage of a drawing – pencil on paper – after a painting by Jacob van Oost

Structured Learning Process

The curriculum of this basic course in classical portrait drawing takes you through a structured learning process focused on the techniques and principles of classical realism in portrait art. From the basics of line drawing and hand-eye coordination to the detailed rendering of values and volumes, and from understanding skull proportions to refining the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.

What will you learn?

Learning Objectives for Mastery in Portrait Art: The Basics of Classical Drawing

  • Foundation of Classical Drawing Techniques: Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental techniques of classical drawing, including line drawing, shading, and texturing.
  • Development of Hand-Eye Coordination: Improve hand-eye coordination to accurately translate observation to paper.
  • Mastering Portrait Proportions: Learn to accurately capture the proportions of the skull and facial features in a portrait.
  • Rendering Values and Volumes: Develop the ability to render the interplay of light and shadow to create the illusion of three-dimensional form in a two-dimensional medium.
  • Refining Facial Features: Achieve proficiency in detailing the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears to bring life and realism to your portraits.
  • Observational Skills: Enhance your ability to observe and replicate the subtle nuances that give each face a unique character.
  • Application of Skills to Personal Work: Apply the techniques learned to create complete, personal portrait works.
  • Preparation for Advanced Study: Lay the groundwork for further study in portrait art, including the transition to painting with oils.
  • Independent Continuation of Practice: Cultivate the skills and confidence necessary to continue practicing and improving your art independently.
  • Creating a Portfolio: Begin to compile a portfolio of work that can be used for exhibitions, commissions, or further educational opportunities.

By the end of this course, you will have a good foundation in classical portrait drawing, equipped with the skills and techniques to advance your artistic journey.

Develop the ability to render the interplay of light and shadow to create the illusion of three-dimensional form in a two-dimensional medium.

Requirements for this Drawing Course

  • No experience is required; just the passion to learn and refine your skills.
  • Almost all materials are provided, so you are free to explore the art of portrait drawing.
  • This basic course is ideal to prepare you for painting the classical portrait with oil paints.

The class is limited to a maximum of five people to ensure an informal atmosphere that invites discovery, learning, and enjoyment.

Course Fee

A block of 10 lessons (2.5 hours per lesson) costs 325 euros, including coffee, tea, drawing paper, pencil, and additional theoretical teaching materials.


KUNSTHUIS André, Segeersstraat 43, 4331 JM Middelburg, The Netherlands

STARTING (No classes are given during Spring Break and/or other holidays).

  • Group T1: MARCH 6, 2024 – Wednesday morning 9:30 – 12:00
  • Group T2: MARCH 7, 2024 – Thursday morning 9:30 – 12:00
  • Group T3: March 8, 2024 – Friday afternoon 14:00 – 16:30

A missed lesson can be made up by arrangement.


André Romijn


Lessons are given in Dutch and/or English

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