Charcoal portraiture

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Charcoal drawing of eye

Over the two days of this portraiture course taught by Olivia Jones, you will be working predominantly in charcoal to bring your subject to life.


You will apply layers of collage paper to create

contours, before using different grades of charcoal to add tone and texture.

You will learn to examine facial features and discover how to capture individual characteristics to convey personality.

You will be asked to send a photograph of your subject prior to the beginning of the course for black and white contrast editing.

Charcoal study





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Ink print


£240 - tuition fee

plus £25 for course materials


Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price. We also offer accommodation & evening meals

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This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with some experience

Olivia Jones portrait

Olivia Jones is an artist and educator from North Wales. She began her career as an art teacher in 2015 and currently teaches in Tarporley, Cheshire. Her teaching has provided her students with the skills to further their studies in fine art, architecture, combined arts, film and animation at university. 


Much of her work focuses on drawing and painting across different subjects, exploring a wide range of fine art media, processes and techniques. Olivia’s work is often made to be shared as exemplar pieces to inspire her students based on the themes of projects she is teaching. She also works on personal commissions.


Alongside her high school teaching career, Olivia enjoys working with adults to develop their skills and love for art by delivering classes and workshops in portraiture, life drawing, landscape, architecture and natural forms using a verity of media and materials.

Stories from our students

​​This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories