Portrait Drawing: From a Model

Working from a live model, students will tackle the basics in construction then move onto planes of the face and head and learn how to include lighting on the face. The class will explore practical techniques, such as how to create mass, proportion, form, and value to create likeness. Model fee included.

This workshop is not recommended for the absolute beginner.

Details & Registration

In-Person Class

Ages: 16+

Dates: Tuesday - February 7 to 28, 2023

Times: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Sessions: 4

Price: $265 for non-members, $239 with a membership

Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See Materials List

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced

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What Students Will Learn

  • How to capture facial features such as the eyes, nose, ears and lips in the proper proportion
  • Shading using pencil
  • Drawing a from a live portrait model

About the Instructor

Stephanie Schirm

Stephanie Schirm began her career as a fashion designer, studying in Europe. While designing in the Toronto fashion district, she also created a number of fashion illustrations for catalogues, storyboards, and advertisements for current Canadian Designers.

She eventually left the fashion industry to become a graduate of OCAD in Communication and Design. Only then to enter the Liturgical world of Design, where she established Labyrinth Studios Inc, designing and manufacturing religious garments and sanctuary décor for Churches across Canada and the US.

Her passion for drawing, painting and designing lead her to sharing her knowledge, over 10 years ago with the Continuing Education in Guelph and as Fashion Illustration instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Since then she has taught in a number of different establishments thorough out the GTA area.


  • Cartridge paper pad or large sketchbook (11x14 or 16x20)
  • Graphite pencil kit & Variety of graphite sticks OR Black Conte Pencils & Conte sticks
  • Kneadable eraser
  • White rubber eraser