Drawing from the model

Directional Lighting on a Portrait Head

Weston Studio13 or 27 June · 2-5pm

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Drawing from the model: capturing the effects of directional lighting on a portrait head
A 3-hour afternoon session led by tutor Caragh Savage


The workshop caters for people of all abilities, although some drawing experience may be useful, and seeks to provide a good block of time to deeply engage with observational drawing.

This three-hour session (with an interval break at the half way point) will take place in a darker studio space, to see the effects that different lighting can produce, thereby stimulating imagination and enhancing representational skills. Lighting can be used as a tool to create drama when drawing the portrait: more intense, focused lighting prompts consideration of greater contrasts and increased tonal range, and helps to develop an understanding of how light models form and our emotional response to it. Media will include pencils, graphite and charcoal (provided) with participants welcome to bring and use their own wet media, should they choose to. The workshop will involve both group and individual tuition from the experienced tutor, and use a clothed model.


– There will be a short interval break at the halfway point
– Basic materials provided and participants can bring their own wet media if they so wish
– The afternoon session can be enjoyed on its own, or complement the morning session, which looks at the nude figure in directional lighting


Caragh Savage is a British artist who specialises in drawing, with a particular focus on the portrait. Her first degree in sculpture informs an interest in the manipulation and resonance of materials, and in the interplay between 2D and 3D representation. She has exhibited internationally and has been shortlisted for both the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017) and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2018). Caragh has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art & Design (UCA Farnham), and an MA in Drawing from Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL).


3-hour session  ·  13 or 27 June  ·  2-5pm
£28, £23 Concs & UoB Staff, £18 EAC*
(includes basic materials)

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