Best Portraiture Courses

Find the best online Portraiture Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Portraiture Courses.

The Art of the Portrait – Drawing For Beginners

How To Draw Human Faces : Realistic Portrait Drawing : Beginners Portraiture Step by Step : How To Draw Portraits : Art

Created by Chris Petrocchi - Artist, teacher, mentor


Students: 13236, Price: $124.99

Students: 13236, Price:  Paid

Discover my simple 7-step portrait drawing system for drawing the human face

You have a passion for drawing the human face and using it to tell your stories, express your visions and draw portraits. This is who you are. It's your calling and it's deep, and I am here to guide you on your way to reaching your goals.

Discover my simple 7-step portrait drawing system for drawing the human face. In this course I am going to help you draw the face really believably in the style you choose and apply it to your career or personal visions. You will be able to do it quickly with purpose in a way that is clear and carries meaning to your viewers. At the end of this course you will have an awesome portrait for your portfolio that you can feel proud of and attract attention.


  • 11 hours of On Demand video lesson content

  • 2 portrait drawing demonstrations from start to finish

  • 20 Downloadable resources to help you practice

  • Bonus lectures on anatomy, planes and tons of portrait tips from my years of professional experience

  • Full lifetime access

  • Access on mobile and TV

  • Assignments

  • 10 articles

  • Certificate of CompletionArt direction secrets to make your portraits stand out

...and MUCH more


The first thing to say is that unlike some 'art instructors' Mr. Petrocchi is clearly an accomplished artist. He's not simply some guy who's always liked to draw, got a microphone for Christmas and thought it'd be cool to make a course. I regard myself as an exceptionally unexceptional draftsman but can already sense some improvement in the way I'm tackling portraits.The value I've already received leaves me with absolutely no complaints. You'll be getting A LOT of information from a guy who knows what he's doing with this course. And the demos - from blank sheet of paper to finished, fully rendered drawing - are both highly informative and inspirational. I'm not sure you can ask for more than that from any instructor. It's a keeper. Many Thanks, Mr P for putting this together.

–Sam Pollard

Of all the elements of drawing, portraiture is one of the most difficult to master. Practice alone is not enough to create portraits that come alive. That is the core value of this course. It provides a strong foundation for the individual to begin to master the creation of portraits of substance. This is not a course for the lazy. It requires patience and practice. But it will provide a roadmap that will allow the student to create fulfilling and satisfying portraits.

–Stuart Givot

An Excellent Course. I was Impressed by Chris's Level of Knowledge, Experience and Expertise. This course has differently give me knowledge that will help me improve my work and help me integrate into work with Charcoal.

–Aisha Smith

I was blown away of how great of a teacher Mr. Petrocchi is. He provided some incredible insights into helping me improve my facial drawing skills. It's amazing of how easy and simple he teaches technique. I feel inspired and highly recommend his courses. I can't wait to learn more from him!!!

–Tuese Ahkiong

Here is a clear, deep and well made course. Chris's sense of art teaching is excellent, it's like hanging out in his studio, looking over his shoulder (literally sometimes) and learning from following a professional. He talks out loud what goes on in his thoughts as he mindfully works his image. Seeing him work really helps me. His own career is used as an example, and I love all the personal stories that talk about his journey in the art world and specifically in this field of drawing portraits. The course is full of gold nuggets of info, stories, metaphors that help me put words and structure in my work. (I love the "Valley of the Suck" concept–so true! ) This course really helped me to clarify my work in regards to values. Also, it helps to come back to those foundations of the underlying structure of the face. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to build a strong foundation and seriously wants to get into portrait art. As it is in my case, I would recommend it as well to any professional that wants to come back and touch those foundations again, one tends to forget stuff! Thank you Chris, and I agree "the figure is a song"!

–Philippe Ames

If you are ready to improve and go higher than you ever thought you could with your portraits then this course is for you!

See you inside,

Chris Petrocchi | Draw Juice studio

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Portraiture In Oil

Portraiture In Oil - The Modern Fundamentals of Traditional Drawing and Painting

Created by 8D Studio - Crafting interactive media


Students: 3812, Price: $89.99

Students: 3812, Price:  Paid

Portraiture drawing and oil painting

You will find a number of hours of structured information, demonstrations, illustrations, tips, problem-solving, and more. There is a lot of information, and the video is worthy of repeated viewings. Juan walks you through the steps of preparing the reference image, setting up the tools-and-materials and discuss all the painting stages to the point of completion. The main chapters are as follows:

  1. Introduction

  2. Imprimatura & Transferring the Drawing

  3. Setting the Scheme or Composition

  4. Dead Color/Local Color & Setting the Palette

  5. Working Up or 1st Painting

  6. The Finish

  7. More Finish

Juan Carlos Martinez is a multi-award winning Artist and Art educator for more than twenty years. Recognized as a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, Juan is known for his Portrait and Figurative works. His works and commissions hang in public as well as private collections in Canada, US, and Europe.

As an educator, Juan was a Senior Instructor at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and conducted workshops Internationally. He authored several articles for major art publications. Juan frequently lectures on technical or art historical and other matters relating to representational art and its grand traditions.

Today, Juan continually develops his body of work and maintains an influence as a teacher and mentor, and as a commissioned portrait painter. He also welcomes inquiry regarding available work, commissions, or about instruction, lectures, and workshops.

"Juan was instrumental to my growth as a painter, and I would not be the artist I am today without his guidance. He's not only a great teacher but very fun and interesting with knowledge in topics beyond the visual arts that relate directly to them. He is possibly an ancient wizard, despite his age claims, he looks not a day over 40."
- David Shepherd

"I had the great pleasure of working with Juan Martinez during his tenure at the Academy of Realist Art here in Toronto. The school offered a one-week course in 'alla-prima portrait painting' with senior instructor Juan Martinez and I immediately signed up. I had been a drawer for the past 50 years, so I was relatively new to painting having only started to paint in 2003. I felt that an intensive portrait painting workshop with one of the ARA’s principle instructors would be helpful in broadening my abilities.

Day One of the workshop began with a 3-hour demo by Juan and I immediately knew I was in the right place. Not only was he a superb painter, but his explanations of the process of painting were clear and well-directed to the various student levels in the room. His understanding of light and shadow and (more importantly) his ability to pass this understanding on to his students was remarkable. Over the week I found Juan to be an excellent instructor with personal, individual help for every student and an easy-going charm in the classroom. Would I sign up for the course again? Absolutely."
- Brian Smith AOCA

Simple Portraits | Easy, Effective Portraiture Lessons

I teach you the effective and easy methods to draw portraits. I will teach you everything from structure to shading.

Created by Matthew Dewey - Artist, Writer and Creative Mind


Students: 833, Price: $29.99

Students: 833, Price:  Paid

Hello Artists!

My name is Matthew Dewey and I am your art instructor.

I created this course as part of a series of courses that teach you the necessary information to draw anything. In this course, I teach you the effective and easy methods to draw portraits. I will teach you everything from structure to shading.

Portraiture is by no means an easy subject to draw, but with the right techniques, it can be made easy and fun! Whether you are a novice or experienced artist looking to draw a great portrait, this is the course for you!

In this course you will learn:

  • Masculine and Feminine Head Structure

  • Dynamic Angles

  • Feature Positioning

  • Eyes, noses, ears, lips, teeth and hair in detail

  • Shading techniques and tools

Join me in this practical course where you can draw along with me and develop your artistic skills. Learn to draw a portrait to be proud of! See you soon and happy drawing!

"Taking the first step is the most difficult, but once you do, there is nothing that can stop you. All that you do from then on is your own, nobody else's. That's the only way to achieve success, that's how I did it and how you will do it too."

Realistic Watercolor Portraiture

Paint a realistic watercolor portrait from a photograph using tracing techniques and comprehensive painting instruction.

Created by Marilee Nielsen - Artist and Art Teacher


Students: 499, Price: $59.99

Students: 499, Price:  Paid

Join award winning artist, National Watercolor Society Signature Member, and teacher, Marilee Nielsen in her course on Watercolor Portrait Painting, where she gives you the valuable and easy to follow instruction you need to understand the steps involved in creating a successful portrait painting.  Both video instruction and written instruction allows you to watch the video's and print the written instructions, guides and even sample photographs for ease as you work through the lessons.

Exploring VALUES, or the lights and darks in an image, are the keys to a realistic painting. The first discussion and video walk you through creating value charts that you can apply to your portrait and other paintings in the future.

Second, you will learn how to sketch and paint samples of the FEATURES OF THE FACE, a must for any great portrait! Watch as Marilee creates a pencil sketch of the eyes, nose and mouth using instructional guides and video and then watch as she paints the features, bringing them to life!

Next, you will be given helpful hints on tracing and other methods of transferring your image onto your watercolor paper.  In the last section, you will watch videos and listen to instruction that show Marilee paint her own portrait as you follow along with each exciting step, seeing her portrait (and your own!) come to life!

If you have always wanted to paint a portrait but had no idea where to start or were afraid of how it would turn out, this easy to follow class is the class for you!