Creating realistic portraits using ballpoint pen

Black and white portraits, three men and one child, a lion and a camel, created over a background of printed book pages
Folktales of Prudence © Habib Hajallie

20 April - 21 April 2024, 11.00-17.00

The Art Studio

£250 (£200 Members / concessions)

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During this two-day workshop, participants will be instructed by artist Habib Hajallie to create their own ballpoint pen portraits of historical figures of African descent. 

Representing a sitter of their choice, this workshop will give participants the direction and confidence to create a realistic ballpoint pen portrait, using source materials including photographs, prints and etchings from our Collection.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all abilities. Maximum participants 25 per workshop. 

Please note young people are welcome to attend this workshop but you must be aged 16+ and have parental consent to attend.

© Andy Keate


Habib Hajallie is an elected member of The Royal Society of British Artists, winner of The UK New Artist of The Year Award 2022 and an honouree on Forbes’ 30Under30 list 2023. Hajallie looks to champion figures from ethnically diverse backgrounds that have conspicuously been omitted from traditional British portraiture.