Figure Painting Weekend


COURSE DATES: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2024

TUTOR: Charlie Pickard


TIMES: 10:00am – 5:00pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner +, Intermediate

FEE: £190

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In this exciting figure painting weekend course, under the Tuition of Charlie Pickard, students will tackle the most challenging and important academic subject to master: the human figure. Over the weekend you will create a painting that studies the model from life for a 2-day pose. Suitable for those who understand the principles of painting in oils and are looking to further develop their work, students will look at the following in relation to the figure:

  • Proportions
  • Form and structure
  • Colour (involving colour mixing principles)
  • Light and shadow
  • Surfaces

Critiques will be focused on achieving a high level of academic accuracy, building a strong foundation that will aid in all further artwork. Charlie Pickard will also demonstrate a painting alongside students, using a direct painting method.

Recommend booking by: July 13, 2024

Beginner +

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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.


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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.

You must bring all your own materials, the tutor has recommended the following:


  • 3 Small Hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Medium sized hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Large Hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Fan brushes Hog bristle
  • Students can feel free to add to this basic list of brushes but these would be my basic set


  • Tit. White
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Cadmium orange
  • Cadmium red Light
  • Transparent Yellow oxide
  • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cobalt teal
  • Quinacridone rose
  • Cadmium lemon yellow or Bismuth yellow

All Windsor & Newton, Michael harding or Old holland


  • The tutor recommends Fredrix canvas as it is a great affordable option for students. Students can however go with what they prefer as there is a lot of individual preference here


  • Linseed oil and odourless turpentine
  • A brush cleaner (jam jars are also a good budget option)
  • 1 medium pot
  • Tissue paper


Charlie Pickard is a classically trained fine artist, illustrator and author. Trained at the London Atelier of Representational Art, completing his training in 2017. His work has been seen at the Royal Society of Oil painters in 2017 and the Royal Society of British Artists in 2020, where he was awarded the Philip Delazlo Award for excellence. Charlie also regularly contributes articles to various publications including Artists and Illustrators, Imaginfx and 3Dtotal. He Illustrated the book ‘Anatomy for Artists’ in 2020 and Authored the book ‘Colour and Light’ in 2021, both in partnership with the publisher of 3Dtotal. Charlie continues to work, write, exhibit and teach out of his studio in London.

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”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


Masterclass, Painting, Figure

Image/Charlie Pickard