The Conceptual Portrait


This course runs at the same time every week over 5 weeks

The Conceptual Portrait is a new course is designed to introduce participants to techniques and approaches to developing portraits that illustrate the artist’s intention and aesthetic sensibilities. 

Led by artist Laura Moore, participants will receive a lecture introducing ideas such as Anonymity, Self-Expression, Performance, Appropriation and Beauty followed by a discussion of historical and contemporary images. You will receive a good overall introduction to concept development through demonstrations and photo-shoots with models. 

You'll be given a practical assignment, the results of which will be reviewed in the following class. 

This course is for those who wish to explore the photographic portrait more deeply in their practice and interrogate its construction and meanings.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Camera Craft 2, or relevant experience.
  • Bring your own SLR, DSLR or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries and memory card). If you are unsure please search your camera brand and model for clarification.
  • Note book and pen


Lighting Studio
Building 1
National Art School
Forbes St & Burton St
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

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Image © Laura Moore.