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Workshops are for all ages and levels, however, some experience and ability to mix colour and use paint is necessary as this is a challenging workshop and a little beyond beginners stage. Working with a model this class is about creating portraits instinctively rather than academically. By this I mean no traditional measuring techniques and working with a three step observation method: sitter – palette – canvas. This allows the eye to train rapidly in responding to colour and form instinctively using a premixed palette. In placing and positioning colour accurately, your ability in drawing (modelling colour) and measuring will come naturally, ultimately capturing the character and likeness of the sitter. This is a method I have developed for my own practice and is how I create a more characterful, instinctual portrait. The workshop gives strong emphasis to colour mixing and palette preparation. It covers how to use colour effectively by recognising tonal values, temperature and harmony. Preparing the palette before painting is crucial to this method of painting and is a fast track in developing your skills in painting and preparing your own palette.

The atmosphere is relaxed and fun but prepare to be tired by the end! 

Materials are provided at all workshops. We will be using oil paint only in this workshop (for those who prefer to use acrylic, please bring with you). Please note solvents are used in this workshop.

To book on a workshop follow the link below. Further information about the day is also given.


Below are the latest workshops at several different locations. All workshops are structured in the same way, starting with tonal work, colour and how to mix a palette effectively and painting the portrait. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A WORKSHOP

ISLINGTON: 4th August 12:30 - 5pm 5 places available.

KENSINGTON: 20th July 2:30pm - 7pm SOLD OUT 21st July 12:30pm - 5pm SOLD OUT 5th August - 12:30 - 5pm 6 places available

KINGSTON: 31st August 12:30 - 5pm. 8 places available

BOOK A COURSE: A course of 3 workshops or more is the most effective way to fast track your skills to becoming a competent portrait painter. The structure of the workshops essentially stays the same, however, if you are on a course you will be given the one on one tuition you will need to develop over this timeframe. You are able to choose which dates and venues you would like to attend. For more information and cost for booking a course please email.

CHISWICK: Coming soon.

1 - 2 - 1 SESSIONS: For details about one on one tuition please email.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A WORKSHOP When booking a place and your payment has gone through, your place on the workshop is confirmed. You do not need to do anything else except turn up on the day 10 minutes before the class begins to settle yourself next to your easel. Please bring snacks/refreshments for the day. There will be regular breaks but no specific break for lunch etc.

Please note, last minute cancellation refunds or transfer requests are not possible. If advance notice is given and a replacement is found a refund or transfer can be made.

Workshop from July 2019 with the creative team at the Madam Tussauds waxwork studios.

Workshop from July 2019 with the creative team at the Madam Tussauds waxwork studios.

Some examples of student work at the workshops. Students can work on several portraits during a session in order to work more instinctively with colour and form. This fast tracks the eye to learn to measure naturally and to see colour without overthinking and overworking.

Workshops at Cass Art Islington 2018/2019

Workshops at Cass Art Islington 2018/2019