Prospectus

Spring 2022

Learning

We all know that the best way to get better at painting and drawing is to practise, practise and practise. However as the years draw on and we notice our mortality, time becomes more precious and endless practice is less attractive. Wisdom also shows us that we can just repeat the same mistakes again and again and worst of all, may not even be aware them.

Ideally we mix practice with learning, doing with thinking, action with reflection.

One of the best ways of becoming a better artist is to periodically attend workshops, masterclasses and tutored courses where you will be exposed to ideas that challenge you and bring insights. It’s not always a comfortable process, none of us like the shortcomings in our work pointed out to us but when it’s combined with strategies for overcoming them and intelligent support from someone we respect, it becomes bearable.

Even self taught artists like Henri Rousseau had some input from academic painters like Gerome despite claiming he had “no teacher other than nature” his paintings have lasted well and show technical skills he must have acquired somewhere. A good teacher will give you the skills you need to develop as an artist, working with who you are and without cramping your style.

Pathways to learning

If you are new to drawing and painting it may be helpful to think about what most visual artists need to learn in order to do what they do. Most will be able draw. Drawing is an essential tool, more for training the eye rather than to produce finished drawings. We find many artists will practise observational drawing, particularly of the human figure, as a core discipline throughout their careers. So if you don’t know where to begin start with drawing.

We recommend attending our Introduction to Life Drawing on Monday evenings as an ideal starting point for absolute beginners.

Our Tutored Groups for Spring 2022

MONDAY EVENINGS – AN INTRODUCTION TO LIFE DRAWING

Mondays 7pm- 9pm (in-studio)
11 weeks course – £210 / Individual sessions available £10 – £20
10th January – 28th March
Half Term – 14th February

Working from the nude model we explore a variety of drawing methods and you will discover what works for you. We have a demonstration early on in the evening which will introduce a technique or key concept. For beginners this can form the structure for progressive learning, for the more experienced it’s always good to be reminded or just to dust down old skills.

The course is delivered by at least two experienced practicing artists to give you a variety of perspectives.

More info and sign up here


THURSDAY EVENINGS – INTERMEDIATE LIFE DRAWING with DAISY PERKINS

Thursdays 7pm- 9pm
12 weeks course – £225 (in-studio) / £110 (online) / Individual sessions £10 – £20
13th January – 31st March
Half Term – 17th February

Tutor Daisy Perkins

This is the follow-on course for artists who have completed the Introduction to Life Drawing Course and want to move their skills to a higher level, and for those artists who have become a little rusty and need to lift and refresh their drawing skills.

More info and sign up here


MONDAYS & FRIDAYS – PAINTING IN OILS with CLARE HAWARD

Mondays 10am- 4pm
11 weeks course – £550
10th January – 28th March
Half Term – 14th February

Fridays 10am- 1pm (fully booked)
12 weeks course – £350
14th January – 1st April
Half Term – 18th February

  • Learn to paint directly in oil paint
  • Unpack the secrets of great composition
  • Explore colour and how to mix it
  • Work from still life and the human figure
  • Become expert in studio practice
  • Get close support from experts
  • Flexible format – attend all twelve classes or session one or two.

More info and sign up here


TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS – PORTRAITURE with ALEX TZAVARAS

Tuesdays Beginners 7pm- 9.30pm
12 weeks course – £350
4th January – 29th March
Half Term – 15th February

Wednesdays Intermediate 7pm- 9.30pm
12 weeks course – £350
5th January – 30th March
Half Term – 16th February

Learning portraiture in oil paint with an expert. Alex’ course is progressive, if you haven’t painted with him before the beginners portraiture is on Tuesdays.

More info and sign up here


THURSDAYS – ARCHITECTURE IN THE LANDSCAPE with DAVID SAWYER

Thursdays 10.00am – 5.00pm
6 weeks course – £300 / Individual days £60
6th January – 10th February

  • Learn to paint in oils
  • Practice observational painting from still life and landscape
  • Benefit from the practical experience of a celebrated artist
  • Gain essential studio skills for painting from reference or life
  • Learn to paint quickly and effectively – ideal for landscape painting
  • Work out doors ‘en plein air’ when the weather is agreeable

More info and sign up here


FRIDAYS – AN INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING with SUZON LAGARDE

Fridays 10am- 1pm
6 weeks course – £240
7th January – 11th February

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to paint in oils.

  • Learn to paint in oils from the beginning
  • Understand the mechanics of oil paint
  • Accurately mix the colours that you see
  • Discover ways of looking that lead to successful images
  • Embrace your own visual language in this powerful medium

More info and sign up here