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 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, your ability in drawing and measuring will come naturally, ultimately capturing the character and likeness of the sitter. This is a methodology I have developed for my own practice and is how I create a more characterful, instinctive portrait. The workshop also 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 personal 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.
WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS:
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 8 places only.
KENSINGTON: 20th July 2:30pm - 7pm 6 places only. 21st July 12:30pm - 5pm places available.
KINGSTON: 13th July 1:30pm - 6pm. Places available
KENSINGTON & CHELSEA ART WEEKEND: 28th & 29th June. I will be running a short portrait workshop in Holland Park on 29th and a drop-in colour mixing workshop on 29th June. This is a free, short taster workshop for those interested to learn what the workshops are about. It is first come first served with only 6 places available for the portrait workshop. Please follow the link below to book a place. Please note the 29th is now fully booked please email here to go on the reserve list. The colour workshops still has places, please come along!
BOOK A COURSE: A course of 4 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. 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.
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.