Portraiture in Oils with Alex Tzavaras


Drawing and Painting Portraits from Life

Wednesdays 7.00pm-9.30pm for 12 weeks

Autumn Term 2024

Wednesdays Intermediate ~ 12 week course (in-studio)
7.00pm- 9.30pm
11th September – 11th December 2024.
Half Term 23rd & 30th October (two weeks).

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Learn portraiture in oil paint with an expert. Alex’ course is progressive, if you haven’t painted with him before you can start following his Patreon SIMPLIFY Drawing & Painting videos. Wednesday is for those familiar with Alex’ method who want to refine and improve from a living model. This course is held in our studio.

Alex Tzavaras is one of the most compelling portrait artists working today. He unerringly gets a likeness and always works with precision and style. Whilst he is exceptionally talented he does follow a very clear set of steps in order to arrive at his finished images. Unlike many artists who get great results without really knowing how, Alex is explicit; he can show you how he paints and explain why it works.

This is a workshop for artists with some experience in oil painting, working alongside Alex the way students would have done in a traditional atelier. Starting with anatomical markers to work out the proportions of the face and head you will learn how to recognise the planes of the head and using tonal values you will model its form. There will be an introduction to the principles of colour temperature for students who wish to progress on to the use of colour.

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Whilst all abilities are welcome it is clear that you will gain much more from this course if you have a working competency in drawing from life. Similarly you will be working with oil paint and if you understand the principles and practices of this medium you will be able to devote your time to nailing the likeness rather than working out why you are swimming in a sea of mud!

If you are not sure if this would be a good fit for you email us a couple of images of your work and Alex will suggest the best next steps for you to take.

“I just wanted to thank you for providing such a creative and nurturing environment for artists. I thoroughly enjoyed Alex’s class and I’ll definitely be back to study with him . I feel like I’ve learnt so much in such a small space of time. I believe it’s a mixture of the right guidance and the right atmosphere.”  Cristina V, student of Alex

Course fees

The course fee is £495.

Summer Term 2024
Wednesdays Intermediate ~ 12 week course (in-studio)

7.00pm- 9.30pm
17th April – 10th July 2024.
Half Term 29th May.

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