Painting portraits has intrigued and challenged artists for thousands of years and this fascination with the depiction of the human head and the features within, continues to the present day.

This course focuses on the head, to understand its form and individuation. Students will have the opportunity to make sustained portrait paintings over two and three days. Emphasis will be placed on colour mixing and understanding how the colours and tones of the model relates to the space around them. Students will be guided through exercises whilst having room to develop a personal response to the sitter. Historical and contemporary references will be given to support individual practice. Students will receive one-to-one tuition as well as participating in group discussion. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Free charcoal, newsprint and masking tape are provided in the Studios, you can purchase cartridge paper at cost price. 

There is an added Co-Co Bello Solvent fee for painting courses which includes a 50ml pot of solvent to use during the course. Please note that no other solvents will be allowed in the studios, in order to protect not only those with allergies but all who paint within our studios. Co-Co Bello is a plant-based, natural & odourless oil painting solvent. It is a replacement for traditional solvents and thinners such as turpentine, white spirit & alcohol. Co-Co Bello is non-hazardous, non-flammable.

You will need to purchase and bring all other recommended materials with you; a material list will be sent out before the start of the course. 

This course is for students 18 and over. 

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our holiday courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme on term time courses. View all course fees and concessions.