Painting a Pregnant Model

Our pregnant model Heather is booked for Thursday the 29th August 10.00am – 4.00pm

Her name is Heather and she is a scary female wrestler. I have no idea why she sent a picture of herself with an owl.  We think that the bump will be quite pronounced. The curve of a woman’s belly full with child is extraordinarily beautiful and it is a rare treat to be able to paint it. This will be a nude pose.

The cost for the session will be £30 and we do need you to pre-book here.

As this may be seen as a portrait you may like to hear this clip of her talking on Woman’s Hour to get a feel for her or to look at her Instagram feed where you will discover that she is also a writer.

David Sawyer Masterclass 2nd February

Date 2nd February 2019
Location 4A Champion Hill SE5 8AH
Time 2.15pm – 5.00pm

Watching David work is always an inspiration, he achieves so much so quickly and with great economy. So we’re lucky that he has agreed to give a masterclass for us on Saturday the 2nd February from 2.15pm – 5.00pm. He will be creating a landscape painting much as he would en plein air but using visual reference material, including video. He will explain what he is doing as he goes along and will of course answer questions. This is a demonstration and a chance to observe rather than a participatory event, so no need to bring your paints although a notebook might be handy to gather up the pearls as they are cast before us.

We want as many people to see David paint as possible so we are making no charge for this event – its free!

We will be providing tea and cake for which there is a nominal £1 charge


David’s Instagram

Portrait Painting Masterclass with Alex Tzavaras 

Portrait by Alex Tzavaras

Portrait Painting Masterclass with Alex Tzavaras 

  • Sunday the 26th August – 10.30am approx three hours
  • 4A Champion Hill SE5 8AH
  • Refreshments
  • Suggested donation £5

Alex has an uncanny ability to catch the likeness of his sitter, one of the reasons he is a highly sought after portrait artist. Underpinning his natural talent is a strong adherence to method, one which he shares with his students on his painting courses. On Sunday the 26th August Alex will be giving a demonstration of his way of painting at our studio at 4A Champion Hill. It will be an excellent insight into how he works and essential if you are thinking of signing up for one of his courses. You can see his work here or follow him on instagram here

This is a free event but you may want to make a donation of £5 towards the cost of the facilities – we won’t put any pressure on you!

We will provide refreshments at our usual modest prices.

If you want to come could you fill out this form please:

Secret Charter – postcard painting exhibition

The Charter School (North Dulwich), a fantastic, inclusive, state secondary school in Dulwich, South London, under the current government funding deal, faces losing half a million pounds over the next few years.

Secret Charter has been conceived, with the approval of The Friends of The Charter School, to highlight this issue and with the aim of raising at least £15,000 to support specific Arts projects at the school and allow students to continue to experience what is currently being offered by the wonderful Arts departments at the Charter. A refurbishment of their photographic dark room, is for example, on their wish list.

The Secret Charter postcard sale will be held at the end of October. We need a minimum of 400 postcards to meet the fund-raising goal. We’re recruiting artists, designers, illustrators and high profile personalities to support the event and make it as successful as possible.

We want the event to be accessible, therefore, each card will be sold for an affordable price and ‘the secret’ will be that the cards will be anonymous. While buyers will have seen and chosen a postcard, they won’t know whose work they’ve bought until after they have purchased the postcard. It will be a big event held in a beautiful venue in Dulwich.

We include a card for you to get creative on. A stamped addressed envelope is enclosed. On the back of the card we ask you to sign and print your name and use a pencilled arrow to indicate which way up the card should be viewed. Please return your card to us by 30th June.

Should you wish to do more than one card please use the card as a template to cut (A6 size 148mm x 105mm). If you wish to use your own card please return the blank water colour card for us to reuse.

We would like to include a very short ‘bio’ of our artists in our information to give to your buyer (after they have purchased your card). Please do send a couple of lines abour you and/or your work and inspiration (eg. “Laura Stephens, local Dulwich artist, architect, or, “Laura Stephens, Royal Academy artist and textile designer”).

Finally, we would like to publicise the event and support all of our participating artists by promoting you and your work through social media, marketing, press releases and advertising. We would like to include an image of your work (but not your postcard!) and mention your name and the bio information you supply in our promotion of the event and ask that you can confirm that you are happy for us to do so on the permission slip below and email us an image of your work that you would be happy for us to include.

Your donation will make a direct contribution to children’s educational experiences as we continue to try and ensure their access to a full creative education. We will promote all the artists we use through our social media and marketing.

If you have any questions at all please contact us at or call 07970072525. Please follow us on Instagram our account @secretcharter and facebook @secretcharter page.



I give permission for ‘Secret Charter’ to include my name, biography info below and the image (emailed) for promotion of the Secret Charter postcard sale fundraising event. 


Signature:_____________________ Date:________________


My mini ‘biography’ is: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ and I have signed and printed my name on the back of my postcard.



via Instagram Painting on the Southbank with @djsawyerrba and the Dulwich Art Group on a perfect midsummer’s day. Setting up in one of the busiest places in the world was daunting but with David’s support we all had fun and coped with the crowds and were rewarded with strong light and kind words from passers by. Thanks David.
#pleinair #oilpainting #landscapepainting #pleinairpainting

via Instagram Coco the greyhound is looking forward to her painting holiday in Hereford this September. She gets the ridiculously large master bedroom (unless someone else wants it) and is hopeful she’ll make friends with the new chef @isabelhoodnutrition

#paintingholiday #pleinair #landscapepainting

via Instagram Framing still to be done but at least we have a new sign! The handsome fellow looking relaxed in front of it is Cristian who made light work of putting it up. Early start for some of us tomorrow as we configure our studio for our biggest show yet. It’s going to be a cracker.

via Instagram Another clever solution to carrying wet panels thanks to Phil Burry. Two pegs glued together with a spacer. Simple and effective.