Portrait Painting Workshop

9-13 March 2020
St Margaret's House, Edinburgh, EH76AE.
Portrait painting is one of the most challenging and intriguing forms of representational art. What makes a good portrait? and how might we approach it as a subject? We will look at the structure and anatomy of the head as well as how to create a likeness, working with life models each day to produce a series of paintings from both short and longer poses.

Alan McGowan is a professional artist whose work has appeared in the Scottish Portrait Awards (second prize winner), the National Portrait Gallery at the BP Portrait Award, SKY Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize and the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition as well as producing portraits for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and many other publications and prestigious exhibitions of figurative work.

The Workshop is primarily designed for working in oil paints but acrylics or watercolour could also be used if that is your preferred medium. Materials not provided (unless by prior arrangement).

To book onto a workshop or to get further information use the contact form above or please e-mail me at

Unstill Life book
UNSTILL LIFE: Paintings, Drawings and Writing
Unstill Life
by Alan McGowan


Published by SATURATION 2017
Available on Amazon UK
Language of the Body
The Language of the Body; Figure Drawings in Four Chapters
The Language of the Body
by Alan McGowan


Published by SATURATION, 2012
Available on Amazon UK