Portrait Drawing & Painting from Life


A Classical Realism Specialization course

This MasterClass in Portraiture focuses on the two most important traditions in classical painting–Disegno and Colore. Firstly Portrait anatomy structure are studied from various points of view- the essence of facial expressions and emotion. Secondly the study of colour. light and painting technique will follow.

Upcoming commencement dates: August; May 2024

Time and Dates: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Times: 6:30PM-9:30PM

Duration: 20 hours (Full workshop)

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MQF level 5 Award in Fine Art: Drawing and Painting (Classical Realism) program.
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Course Description

Course Content

During this specialized 2 part workshop you will learn how to successfully approach the complicated subject of portraiture, first by drawing, then painting in oils. We will observe the model in a long-pose from life to start by first understanding the structure and proportions of the head and what to look for to achieve life-like realism.

During this specialized workshop Kelsey shares her approach to painting the portrait from life, in which she combines classical-academic layer by layer method together with an insightful understanding of portrait anatomy – a mainstay principle for conveying accurate facial expression and capturing the emotion of the model.

From drawing to painting you will walk through the various stages of portraiture; from line and gesture, choosing the correct palette for natural flesh like tones to finishing and refining the main features of the face with glazing.

Throughout the workshop, you will also learn key aspects of portraiture, including: composition strategies and lighting, proportions of the head, and understanding and idealization of the facial features to the study of colour mixing and painting.

Big Scale easels will be provided.

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Skill Level: Prior intermediate drawing and painting technical skill is recommended before undertaking this specialized masterclass.

Recommended: If you are a complete beginner we recommend that you first take our Beginner Program or our Classical Realism Introductory course


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Of skills acquired

Intermediate/ Advanced


Kelsey May Connor - Tutor Profile | AK Malta

Kelsey, is a professional fine artist from Senglea. She has been studying art form a very young age under many local and international artists.

After achieving her Honours in Fine Arts she continued to devote most of her time

What our students are saying

It was an amazing workshop! looking forward to the next 🙂

Sephora BaldacchinoStudent; Attended the Golden Proportions MasterClass

Very Well Done. Top is the best word i can find. Something special.

Aaron LuAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Nice environment, smiling people, valuable teaching. Lovely!!

Roberto PrestigiacomoClassical Realism student | 28/03/2019

Great classes. Just what i needed to progress.

Eric GerardiClassical Realism student

For those art lovers out there, Art Classes provides the right environment where you can indulge in learning about real art. If you’re hooked on classical and fine art, this is the place to be.

Paul FarrugiaAfter attending the Classical Realism Introductory course and the Life Portrait Painting specialization course

Great tutors, would recommend to anyone that wants to develop their drawing and painting skills or just spend some time doing what they enjoy.

Alison RogersAfter attending the Classical Realism and Big Scale Anatomy courses

Its a very interesting seminar, and the way it was explained the Golden Ratio it looks very simple and very important.

Charles ZammitAfter attending the Golden Ratio course with Stefan Priehyba

My daughter really loves attending her lessons with ms Kelsey. I also attended 2 adult courses one with Kelsey and with Stefan.Great tutors I am very happy and thankful for offering us with such great courses!

Carmen AgiusAfter attending the Beginner Art programme

Kelsey May Connor was an Excellent Teacher....Highly Recommend !!.

Sandrina EnglandClassical Realism student

Amazing seminar and workshop on the Golden Ratio with Stefan Priehyba. Well done to the team for your professionalism. It was highly enlightening and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

Sonia BorgAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thoroughly recommend ACM. You don't have to be brilliant in art to join, you will learn techniques that will give you skills.
lovely studio, relaxing music, very lovely and talented tutor. Very therapeutic, and satisfying !

Anna Maria O'ConnellAfter attending the Beginner Drawing and Painting program

Art Classes Malta is a very good and professional school in Malta. I loved the courses of Painting and Classical Realism. The tutors were amazing and the level and depth of these courses is unparalleled locally. I have enrolled for another course in Interior Design.. looking forward for this new experience as well!

Eman BusuttilAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Classical Realism course

I attended the drawing course for beginners. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested.

George GrechStudent- Attended the Beginner program and Classical Realism program

Thanks a lot, I'm very grateful for attending your workshps Štefan Priehyba Camilleri, was a great experience and very interesting. You really have a good way of explaining and delivering such knowledge. And also a big thanks to Kelsey and Andrei of Art Classes Malta too for making it happen. 🙂

Raisa BusuttilAfter attending the Golden Proportions course

I am truly enjoying coming to the course , I adore your work ! 😍Thank you for the experience you share with us!. Many thanks 😘

Gina Laura SalibaParent and Student; Attended the Watercolour Beginner's course

Loved every second going to these lessons. Its hard to find such intelligent and skilled teachers here in Malta! Please keep organizing more courses for us adults.

Raymond BorgAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Big Scale Anatomy course

Thank you AKartistry for the professional organisation. The topic was inspiring and truly interesting, we had a pleasant time.

Gabriella MalliaAfter attending the Golden Proportions

I never drew anything in my life, but after some lessons, I drew still life and faces. Also you learn how to look at things like never before Thanks only goes to Kelsey.

Charles DemanueleStudent; Attended the Beginner Program

Thank you 😊 Great opportunity. Loved every moment. 💚Ready for more😊😊 hope to work with you all very soon. Xxx

Stephanie CalascioneAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Very nice atmosphere and very informative

Ray YoungStudent; Attended the Beignner's Watercolour course

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