Course Code EC2204024
Tutor Gail Seres-Woolfson
Course Dates Thursdays 6th July - 24th August
Days 8
Times 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £250
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR, Various locations

As well as being very informative, this course is great fun and offers the fantastic opportunity to paint in and around the landscape of London Bridge. The Art Academy is just a short stroll from all sorts of exciting locations that could become a focus of a painting; the Thames, the Tate, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, the shard, building sites and lots of small gardens. The majority of this course will be based outdoors painting on site, although there will be a studio available for use if the weather prevents us from working outdoors. You will learn techniques of tone, colour, atmosphere, composition, perspective, as well as how to be organised and efficient with materials when working out and about. The course culminates in the studio developing a more ambitious painting working from sketches or photos.

What topics do we cover?

  • Off­site painting in the urban landscape
  • Understanding tone, colour and texture
  • Composition and atmosphere
  • Creative expression
  • Being organised when working outside
  • Painting a landscape/cityscape from photos

By the end of this course you will: ​Have an understanding of the fundamentals of creating a painting. Be able to paint outdoors with confidence, being organised with your materials and transporting wet paintings. You will be left with a series of painterly sketches as well as further developed paintings generating lots of enthusiasm to carry on painting.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

You will need to bring your painting materials to the class. Please note that when painting outdoors, being organised with your materials and tools is essential. Make sure you bring everything listed below to the class.

  • Small sketch book
  • Drawing materials
  • Jar with a lid
  • An old rag & kitchen roll
  • Paints (acrylic or oil)
  • Brushes
  • Palette knife
  • Palette
  • Surfaces to paint on (canvas boards or stretched canvas)
  • If you have a portable easel or desk easel please bring this, however this is not completely necessary, in the past students have managed fine without one
  • Plastic carrier bags for dirty rags/brushes
  • Masking tape
  • An extra layer of clothing/light waterproof jacket, as it can get a little chilly after a couple of hours outside.


  • Painting medium
  • Wet wipes
  • 30cm ruler
  • Fold up travel easel(if you have one)
  • Fold out stool


Gail’s paintings reflect her fascination with the urban landscape, figures and stories around her, and an interplay between structure and spontaneity, observation and re-imagining. She has exhibited across the capital and her work has been shortlisted for the inaugural Evening Standard Contemporary Painting Prize and the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and is held in private collections in the UK and internationally. Gail enjoys teaching in a variety of settings, encouraging and supporting students to develop their skills and style with a range of approaches and artistic references.

The course is based partly outside and partly in one of our studios.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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“Gail is a brilliant tutor, I really like how she was thoughtful of individual student styles which really helped to build confidence”


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Fee: £250.00

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