Portrait Art Sessions

Please note there will be no session on these dates: 
20th June, 4th July, 31st October and 28th November 2018.


All abilities welcome.

Sessions are designed to suit any style, with a focus on developing personal strengths.

Tuition, help and guidance is provided on an individual basis as required by professional artist Tanya GG.


Each session will have a different live clothed portrait models as reference, with a mixture of shorter and longer poses. 

Short poses provide quick gestural practice and instinctual mark making, longer poses provide detailed drawings and analytical study.

Sessions are two hours long with a short break for refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.


In the Paristh rooms, Highnam Community Centre Trust on the outskirts of Gloucester.

By road

Aprroaching from the A40, the community centre is the first turning on the left, before you get to the Highnam roundabout. The entrance is a little hidden, watch out you don’t miss it!


Parish Rooms, Highnam Community Centre Trust, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG

What do I bring?

Easels and drawing boards provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Bring your own materials.

Need to buy some? Check out Jackson’s Art Supplies, based in Gloucester. You can order online to collect in store (Follow the link via the image below).

Well worth popping in to the shop, as they have shelves full of discounted items! Plus the team are really friendly and helpful.


How Much?

Pay as you go  – £12 per session.

Pre-pay block of 10 sessions – £10 per session.

Payment can be made on the day in cash, or by BACS transfer in advance.

How do I book?

You can either call Tanya, text her, send her an email or contact her via social media using the links at the bottom of the page.


I have a number of trusted models I use, however I am always happy to give someone new the opportunity to pose.

I pay £12.50 per hour for portrait modelling, and £15 per hour for life modelling.

If you would like to model for one of my sessions please get in touch using the contact details below.

I also find models and advertise modelling work on the Register of Artists’ Models website.

About portraiture

Portraiture is one of the most challenging kinds of art.

We look at faces all the time, so it is very easy to spot when one has been badly rendered.

Our faces are hugely expressive, the eyes the “windows to the soul”.

When rendering a face, not only are you aiming for technical accuracy in representing the features, but you are also trying to convey the spirit of a person, and the expression of emotion.

Added to this difficulty is the live model who, despite their best efforts, moves and changes continuously.

As if this wasn’t enough, we also have to contend with the changing light and atmosphere.

And don’t forget that we ourselves, the artists, are changing, moving beings. We get tired, our emotions cloud our judgement, our brains even lie to us.

Somehow, all this still doesn’t manage to put us off.

This is because, in overcoming these challenges, portraiture is a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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