“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”
— Edvard Munch

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The studio offers a full time and flexible part time atelier program.

This rigorous and focused training allows students to develop both their eye, to see, and their handling of contour, value and colour for an accurate representation of light.

Students will be introduced to the ‘sight-size’ approach taught in major modern ateliers and used historically by painters such as John Singer Sargent, the origins of which date back to the Renaissance.

Throughout students benefit from instructor demonstrations and individual critique as well as the class discussion and experimentation that exists naturally in a working studio.

The studio is usually open 9.30am-5.30pm Monday-Sunday during term time with each day divided into two halves:

  • Mornings:              10am-1pm, coffee break: 11.30am-11.50am

  • Afternoons:          2pm-5pm, coffee break: 3.30pm-3.50pm

Students typically work in pairs in the morning sessions on cast, still life and portrait projects. The afternoon is generally figure drawing and painting.

All students start with cast drawing which introduces the basic concepts. The rate of progression is different for everyone but a typical student might expect to complete around 10 of each 18 hour cast drawings and 18 hour figure drawings before moving to the more complicated problem of life size portraiture and/or painting. Under the part time option there is more flexibility and attempting painting earlier is encouraged although students then typically return to drawing.

In addition to regular studio projects we may organise exhibition and gallery visits or trips, landscape painting throughout the year. Students are encouraged to join but if they prefer may remain in the studio working on studio projects. In such circumstances there will usually be someone more experienced available to offer assistance and critique.

Suitable for all levels, from beginner to the more experienced artist.


Students initially draw from plaster casts and the figure model in sustained poses over multiple sessions developing their eye to see. Emphasis is placed on a highly accurate representation of proportion and value.

Cast drawing, to the scale of life using the sight‑size method, gives students experience of accurately laying in proportions and modelling the effect of light. When the required level of proficiency has been achieved Students move into still life and portraiture.

Pencil drawing allows for the understanding of line and contour. Charcoal teaches value and modelling and is ultimately a more painterly approach.

Students will work on a number of projects in both pencil and charcoal before moving into oil paint.


Working on individually tailored projects Students will be introduced to appropriate colour palettes, painting surfaces and grounds, paint preparation and painting mediums and their art historic context. 

Students will begin with smaller portrait and still life projects before moving onto larger more challenging compositions.

There will continue to be a focus on accurate drawing, but also colour mixing, edge control, and paint handling including, where appropriate, both direct painting and glazing techniques.


Base prices for each 12 week term are as follows:

  • £360 for 1 session per week

  • £630 for 2 sessions per week

  • £945 for 3 sessions per week

  • £1200 for 4 sessions per week

  • £1440 for 5-6 sessions per week

  • £1650 for 7-8 sessions per week

  • £1850 for 9-10 sessions per week

Prices do not include model costs which are in addition, allowing students to tailor projects to their budget. Current costs are shown below.

Figure model costs: £8 per session per person i.e. + £480 per term for full time (5 afternoons per week).

Portrait model costs: £17.50 per session per person i.e. + £1.050 per term for full time (5 mornings per week).

Prices valid as at 30/07/2019.

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AUTUMN TERM 2019: Monday 16th September – Saturday 14th December – HALF TERM BREAK Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

WINTER TERM 2020: Monday 6th January – Saturday 4th April – HALF TERM BREAK Monday 17th – Friday 21st February

SPRING TERM 2020: Monday 20th April – Saturday 18th July – HALF TERM BREAK Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 - 2021 will start on Monday 14th September 2020