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Atelier Portrait Drawing with Edith Dormandy


Start date April 2 2022

We are excited to announce Hackney Fine Arts first Masterclass with our resident tutor and professional artist Edith Dormandy. We are the first art school in East London to offer this exclusive atelier course!

Whether you are a complete beginner or an artist with advanced skills, we welcome you to join us on this 9 week portrait masterclass short course. Portraiture has a long and fascinating history but is also one of the most direct artistic acts: one person looking at another. Join us and spend your Saturday afternoons connecting and learning!


All students will be following the same process, but the teaching style is individualised with guidance catered to each student, so everyone can work at different paces and levels.


By ‘Atelier Portrait Drawing’ we mean a traditional technique and style of representational (as opposed to abstract) drawing, which produces a high level of realism. This is a great method to learn whether you want to draw portraits or anything else because the skills are transferable across all subjects. It is useful in itself and as a foundational skill for representational painting or sculpture, or for more abstracted work.


We will work on a single portrait from life for the entire 9 weeks so you will have the chance to push your work to a high level of finish. This may seem like a long time, but don’t worry – there’s lots to do!



Each student will leave the class with:

  • A completed portrait drawing in charcoal and chalk.

  • An understanding of composition

  • posing a model for an effective portrait

  • sight size technique

  • basic facial anatomy

  • use of charcoal and chalk

  • comparative measurement sometimes using equipment and sometimes just by eye

  • blocking in (how to start a drawing)

  • shape recognition

  • edge (soft and hard transitions and the effect of each)

  • value (light, shadow and how to tell the difference)

  • texture

  • expression

  • finishing techniques

  • A reading list for recommended further study. All materials included.

  • Small class of 6 students. 




Course duration 9 weeks with a 2 week break for Easter.

Staring date: Saturday 2 April 2022

First lesson 15:30 - 20:30

No class during easter (April 9 & 14)

Resuming from Saturday 23 April 15:30 - 18:30. April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4 & 11 all 15:30 - 18:30


Hackney Fine arts Studio at Hackney City Farm's yard. 1a Goldsmith's Row. London E2 8QA


Fees include tuition, model fees and all materials:

Regular students  £600

Concessionary      £500

All payments by direct debit only paid in 1 or 2 installments.

About your tutor:

After graduating from UCL with a first-class BA Hons in History of Art, Edith trained at LARA (The London Atelier of Representational Art) and gained a Diploma in Fine Art, partially paid for by the ARC First Place Scholarship which she won in 2018. She now works as an artist, exhibiting regularly, accepting commissions and teaching drawing and painting privately and at Hackney Fine Arts.


All drawings on this page are works by Edith Dormandy.  For commissioned portraits inquiries please email See some of her recent work on Instagram @edithdormandy