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Online Live course. Portrait Oil Painting Classes for Beginners

4,8 / 5
More than 150 reviews

Our experienced teachers will help you learn from the very basics and achieve amazing results. Our online courses are are live, with human real time feedback.

Live online classes
Inspiring programme
You can do it
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9 lessons, 3 hours each (27h in total)
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Live remote classes in real time
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9 lessons, 3 hours each (27h in total)
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Recommended by 97% of our students
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No previous experience needed

"I loved how well the lessons are planned and how much material is included!..."

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Jonathan S.

Amazing! Friendly! Inspiring!

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Lenka A.

Friendly environment full of ideas and inspiration. I will definitely come back for another course. Already looking forward to it!

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Martin B.

The course taught me a great deal

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Karina S.

Draw Place’s staff and teachers are great and friendly, and I can really see my drawing abilities progressing fast 😊

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Zhanet S.

How does it work?

Remote online course

Remote online course

The course is remote, with live lessons taking place online. You will be a part of a small group of students, making art together in real time by following the teacher's instructions and receiving regular, personalized feedback.

Live lessons with a teacher

Live lessons with a teacher

Your teacher will guide you through the entire process in real time, helping and consulting you on your creations as they come to life. WIth expert personalized advice and on point improvement tips, beautiful results are guaranteed!

Real time feedback

Real time feedback

Your teacher will demonstrate the entire process slowly and clearly, answering any questions you might have and checking on your progress several times in each lesson. Live online art is for everyone, don't be afraid to start!

You can do it

You can do it

Your teacher will introduce you to theory, share a ton of tips and tricks, provide step by step guidance all the way, and give regular feedback on your work until you achieve an amazing result. Your works are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

A computer with an internet connection is all you need

A computer with an internet connection is all you need

It's really simple! All you need to do is to turn on your computer, connect to the internet and be online and ready at a specified time. Create amazing things and artworks in the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere else.

Revisit the lessons

Revisit the lessons

Recordings of all lessons, presentations, learning materials, reference pictures, and links to further resources are available any time during the course, so you will never really miss a lesson, even if you do miss a live lesson.

Learn to capture the colours of the human face – we promise everyone can do it, even complete beginners! 

Is painting breath-taking, vibrant portraits full of emotion something you always wanted to learn? Do you want to discover the secrets of using paint on canvas? Come join us online and learn all you need from the comfort of your home with our live remote course suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists.

What can you expect?

You’ll see that painting oil portraits is actually fun and pretty simple! Your online instructor will teach you everything, starting with basics like colour mixing and making your way to advanced techniques and skills like details of a realistic portrait. You will start slowly, by understanding and learning to capture individual facial elements like eyes or lips in a smaller format. Next, you will delve into the secrets of skin tone colours and learn a great deal about facial proportions. And before you know it, voila! You will be whipping up vibrant, lifelike oil portraits left and right, because with our step by step instructions, everyone can become an amazing artist and make leaps in progress so big that even you will be surprised! 

Join a course to learn and relax!

Our live online portrait painting course was created with beginners in mind, but more intermediate or advanced students will learn new things too! Join a small group of students led by a friendly teacher demonstrating everything step by step by working on their own piece together with the group, ready to answer all your questions, give real time feedback on your work, and share individual tricks for improvement. 

Your instructor will guide you through the course, following our carefully developed plan and teaching you all you need to know, from the basics to more advanced techniques. They will also make sure to check everyone’s work several times during each lesson, giving personalized feedback and advice so everyone can keep up and make artworks that they can be proud of!

This course will bring you real creative joy and fun, that we can promise! Register today and join our online art-making community without having to leave your living room!

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Course plan

1 Basics of oil painting
2 Colour theory, more eye painting
3 Lips and nose
4 Basic portrait proportions – front
5 Front portrait, part two
6 Front portrait, part three
7 Three quarter view portrait
8 Three quarter view portrait, part two
> Bonus lesson

Check out our course gallery; you will make amazing art like that too!

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You can do it!

Start learning online!

Be online and ready at a specified time and let your teacher remotely guide you through the creative process, step by step.

Real time feedback! The lessons are remote and online, but your teacher is ready to provide support and help in real time during each lesson.

Create amazing artworks that are guaranteed to make you proud – all online, with a friendly teacher at your disposal!

Remote online courses

With remote online courses, you'll make art together with a small group of students and your teacher, connected by the power of an online meeting.

Taught in real time

Teachers lead small groups of students on a creative online journey, explaining theory and demonstrating practical skills as they make their artwork at the same pace as you.

Immediate feedback

You can count on your teacher giving you a load of individual tips, tricks, support, and personalized feedback on your work in progress in each lesson!

You can do it

You'll do great, even if it's your first ever encounter with art! Our teachers will take you through theory and practice step by step, ready to help you along the way.

Final certificate

You will receive a beautiful completion certificate after the course is over.

All you need is a computer with an internet connection

Surely you already have that at home! The technical side is very straightforward, you just need a PC or a laptop with an internet connection. Once that is set, you can start making art in the comfort of your home, with the best teachers giving live online guidance, tips, and tricks.
Join us and get creative without leaving your living room!

Background materials available after lessons

Recorded lessons, presentations, learning materials and other resources are available at any time during and after the course.

Get the best tools at a great price!

We can take care of art supplies for you too. Use the option to get them directly from us, bundled with the course at a great price.

Let's make art online, in real time! It's really easy. Come join us!

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Join the Draw Place universe and unlock your creative potential. We look forward to meeting you!

4,8 / 5
More than 150 reviews

Draw Place live teachers are really the best at what they do.

Emma D.

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Draw Place Live stays one of my favourite and also the best! Lessons were astonishingly fascinating.

Carl W.

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A course for beginners and intermediate students, with expert teachers who motivate you and help you use your skills to the maximum. I will be back!

Barbora T.

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Friendly environment full of ideas and inspiration. I will definitely come back for another course. Already looking forward to it!

Martin B.

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Amazing! Friendly! Inspiring!

Lenka A.

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Art is amazingly relaxing and everyone at Draw Place is awesome!

Michaela S.

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I loved the course and the teacher too – they made the lessons feel very relaxing yet very informative.

Calvin R.

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Draw Place’s staff and teachers are great and friendly, and I can really see my drawing abilities progressing fast 😊

Zhanet S.

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The best drawing courses!

Viktoriya M.

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I was happy as a clam, that’s all that needs to be said

Zdeňka M.

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"This is the best drawing course I've ever taken! ...Very convenient for beginners!"

Svetlana K.

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Highly recommended to everyone 😊

Marie H.

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Our teacher was professional and friendly, and helped me improve my knowledge and my drawing skills. This course deserves a positive review for sure!

Zuzka N.

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Taking an online drawing course was one of the best decisions ever – I never thought I had so much talent in me!

Avia P.

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I highly recommend this art school. I have taken several courses now and I plan to continue.

Jan B.

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"I loved how well the lessons are planned and how much material is included!..."

Jonathan S.

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Awesome courses, nice and friendly teachers. I have taken two already and will be back for more. You should definitely sign up too!

Kateřina Š

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"...Great art courses..."

Alena N.

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I signed up for another course as soon as I finished the first – I think that says it all 😊

Shadd T.

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I loved the friendly and inspiring atmosphere of each lesson – I’m definitely coming back for more soon!

Gabrielle B.

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Great lesson concept and plenty of materials to go through on your own for those who want to keep learning and improving.

Izzy K.

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A great way to relax and get inspired, I will definitely try more courses!

Jitka S.

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Taking an online drawing course was one of the best decisions ever – I never thought I had so much talent in me!

Eveline W.

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"...I couldn’t wait for the next lesson as soon as one was over. All lessons were very interesting, illuminating, and inspiring..."

Jana K.

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The course taught me a great deal

Karina S.

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Amazing courses taught by inspiring instructors.

Martina B.

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"I was stoked! The course was fun, friendly, and well-prepared… So watch out everyone, it’s very addictive!..."

Pavel K.

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Teaching was amazing. Their professors are so well educated on their subject and their explanations are easy to follow. 10 out of 10! Highly recommend.

Robert M.

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How do the lessons work?

1. Art supplies

You can find a full list of tools and supplies needed for the course below.

For every course, we prepared packages of art supplies that are ready to be conveniently shipped right to your door. Using our years of experience, we assemble packages full of high-quality art supplies that include everything you’ll need to complete your course, at a very friendly price. 

But of course, getting your own supplies is always an option, too.

Below you can find the list of supplies needed to complete the course.

2. Technical issues

You need a functioning computer with a stable internet connection to participate in online courses. A screen of at least 12” is recommended to make sure you can see all the details clearly. Don’t use a smartphone to watch the lessons – the screen size is too small to deliver the intended experience and lesson quality.

We will ask you to download a couple of free apps designed for comfortable online live lessons before the start of the course. Have no fear, all details and simple installation guides will be provided to make sure everyone can do it.

3. Live lessons in real time

Teachers use live online meetings to engage their small group of students, with lessons taking place once a week, on a same day and at the same time. The courses are designed for complete beginners and intermediate artists. Your teacher will create their own work step by step, at the same pace as the students, explaining, supporting, and helping the student along the way.

Every lesson starts with a short, interesting theoretical introduction. Then you will move on to small practical exercises and finally, you will be following in the teacher’s footsteps, creating your own beautiful artworks, little by little. You will do great, even if you are a complete beginner just starting to discover the world of art and creativity! Your teacher will take time to look at each students’ work multiple times during each lesson, offering guidance and advice.

All course times are in UK time (GMT). 

4. Don't worry about missed lessons

It’s okay if you miss a lesson. They are recorded, and you can access the recordings on demand and simply catch up on the missed lesson whenever you want – they are available during the entire course and for several months afterwards. You will also get access to presentations and links to further resources.

5. How long is the course?

There are 8 lessons and a final bonus lesson at the end. Each lesson is 3 hours long. 

Lessons take place once a week, on the day and at the time of the first lesson.

In total, you’ll get 27 hours of amazing interactive live lessons with the best teachers, as well as lesson recordings, tips, references to further reading, and other materials.

6. How much is it?

There are two options to choose from:

– Get the course in a bundle with a full package of art supplies 

– Get the course only; you’ll have to get the supplies yourself

Course + supplies bundle: 370 £. The bundle comes with all art supplies needed for the course worth 100 £, and peace of mind for you.

Course without supplies: 320 £. We will give you a list of supplies that you will have to buy by yourself.

7. What else do I need?

To get the best experience, make sure you have enough space and a good light source (a desk lamp, at least), a desk, a chair, some paper tissues, and water to clean brushes.

As for the internet connection, one that can play YouTube videos well is more than enough. No special computer is needed – if it doesn’t lag too much during daily use, like web browsing or watching films online, you’re good to go! Last but not least, you will need a headset with a microphone to communicate with your teacher.

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Why choose us?

Inspiring and motivating environment
Friendly teachers
Amazing programme
Creative community
Real-time feedback

What to expect?

Nine three-hour lessons
Various artistic techniques and styles
Portrait oil painting from the very basics
Step by step guidance
A helping hand anytime you need it

You can choose to have a supply package included in the course or opt for getting the supplies yourself. Take the first step on your artistic journey!

370 £
with supplies
We will send you a complete package of supplies
320 £
without supplies
You will need to get your own supplies

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Frequently asked questions and answers

How does it work?

This is an online remote course, which means lessons are live, but taught remotely. Small groups of students work online, together with their teacher.

What if I miss a lesson?

No biggie! You can watch recordings of past lessons and follow the teacher's instructions without missing anything. You will also get access to presentations and links to further resources.

What if I have no skill?

No worries! We work with a lot of students and beginner artists with no prior experience who think exactly that. That is why the groups are small, to allow the teacher to tend to every student. We want you to master whatever technique you are working on, but most importantly, we want you to have fun, and to discover the joy of the creative process and the happiness that it can bring.

What if I have no talent whatsoever?

Nonsense, every person is talented, even you! Because talent isn't something magical; it's the willingness to pursue the creative activity that you enjoy without giving up. Creative drive and diligence are the real secret! You have nothing to worry about – our courses are designed with complete beginners in mind, and soon you will discover your hidden skills and potential which we will hone together.

How many people are on a course?

We keep the online groups small to make sure there is always enough space to answer questions and give feedback to everyone. Usually, there are 10–12 people tops, so the teacher can help and tend to every single student. When working online, the instructor guides the students through every artwork with step by step demonstrations, so everyone can keep up at a smooth pace.

I was horrible at art in school, so what's the point?

There is a point :) Our teachers have a much different, positive approach, with course plans that cover both theory and practice to make sure everyone can do it. And, most importantly, our teachers are professionals who love art with all their hearts, and they want you to love art too, which is why they will guide you to achieve amazing results!

How fast does my internet connection need to be?

If you can comfortably watch YouTube videos or online films, then you're good to go :) Your internet connection should be able to handle our courses.

What if I'm not very tech-savvy?

No need to worry. Our online course interface is really simple and very intuitive. And if you do run into trouble, our admin team is always ready to jump in and help.

What if I can't keep up?

The teacher works slowly, carefully explaining and demonstrating every step, so there is no need to worry. Plus, you can always watch the recordings of past lessons and finish whatever you need.

One needs to practice something from a young age to be any good...

You are never too old for creativity! All you need to do is take the first step and dive into regular creative sessions with our amazing teachers. You'll be surprised at what you can do! :) Our courses welcome people of all ages; it's the creative passion that brings us together.

What if everyone else is much more skilled than I am?

Our courses are designed for complete beginners with no prior experience and our teachers approach every student individually, working through the course plan together, so don't be afraid of falling behind.

What if I need to revisit something after the lesson?

Course materials will be available for the duration of the entire course and a few weeks after the end, and the same goes for lesson recordings – you can watch them right after the lesson, any time during the course, and a few weeks after the course has ended.

I will need to get tons of supplies...

Actually, you won't! Simply buy the course bundled with the supplies we have prepared and dive right into the creative world without having to do all the shopping yourself. It's that easy!

What if my internet connection goes down?

All live lessons are recorded, and you can watch them later, so don't worry about missing anything.

Who are your teachers?

Our teachers are the best! They are nice, friendly, skilled, experienced, and, most importantly, they truly love art.

Are we getting homework and grades?

No :) The course is designed with the allocated time in mind. If you want to work on your own outside of the lessons, we have a list of resources and inspiration for extra work. And don't expect to get graded, we're not an elementary school :) Our teachers will always walk you through every step of the way and share tips and tricks in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

What if I'm all thumbs?

If you do have a desire to paint, draw, or create any other type of art, then all the thumbs in the world can't stop you! What does it mean anyway? That your fine motors skills are lacking? That's something you can improve with practice. That you have a mental block from childhood? We can work together to remove it. That you don't have enough patience? You can learn it. And for some techniques, precision isn't that important anyway. Just give it a go! You'll be surprised at how much you can achieve on the very first lesson :)

I don't want to do boring exercises.

That's why fun is an important aspect that we keep in mind for all our courses! We promise that boredom is the last thing you can expect. How could anyone get bored when there is so much to achieve and such beautiful things to create? Our teachers’ energy and friendly attitude are guaranteed to make the creative process fun and exciting!

I already own some supplies. Can I only buy what I'm missing from you?

Currently we only sell supplies in packages, but our prices are very competitive, so it might still be worth getting the entire package from us and then expand it with whatever you might need in the future.

Our friendly and professional lecturers

Zdenek

Zdenek loves portraits and pastel. Every single one of his works attempt to find unique individuality and essence of a person he draws. After studying in VSUP, he is now interested in 3D modelling and pastel. At Draw Place he teaches courses for beginners, pastel, portrait, drawing and oil painting.

Kristyna M

The funniest academic painter of Draw Place. Kristyna is capable to explain even the most sophisticated topics in a very straightforward and accessible manner. Her classical training in Sofia combined with a very productive period of commercial illustration and animation have made her a great lecturer. She has a big of individual and collective exhibitions. Kristyna teaches painting and drawing classes, pastel and portrait courses. Her enthusiasm for art is contagious and you will love being at her classes. She is technically impeccable and very approachable as a person.

Dominik

Charismatic and energetic, Dominik, graduate of Prague's Academy of Figurative Arts has his own distinct painting style. He works intensively with conceptual painting, reinterpretation of classical works and figurative realism. He is an excellent teacher and is loves sharing his knowledge across many different techniques, styles and courses with our students. Come and join!

Hugo

Winning art competitions and creating amazing works very early on, Hugo has somehow managed to stay very humble and extremely friendly. Being born in Portugal, wondering around Rome and spending a lot of time in US, including Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, has made him a very well-rounded, eclectic and a fun person to be around. His English is simply perfect, as well as his lecturing skills. It is a pleasure to be in one of his courses.

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Do you want to learn portraiture? Our online portrait painting course is here for you! Join us and learn from our experienced, friendly teachers who are eager to explain and demonstrate everything and give personalized real time advice and feedback by checking everyone’s work multiple times in each lesson. 

We designed our online portrait painting course with beginners in mind, to let them ease into the world of portraits, but it is also a good way to refresh what you already know. Learn about the proportions of the entire face and individual elements like eyes, nose, and lips, how to mix skin tone colour, and how to copy a picture or a photo. With your online teacher’s help, you will paint amazing, realistic portraits that you can be proud of.

Learn to paint portraits full of feeling and emotion with us from the comfort of your home! Join a small group of students led by a friendly teacher paving your way forward with step by step instructions.

Are you looking for an online portrait painting course in English? Look no further, you’ve come to the right place! That’s exactly what we have, and we promise you will enjoy learning portrait painting remotely, online. Take a creative leap and join us – learning to paint online has never been so easy!

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