Life Painting Masterclass with James Bland NEAC


COURSE DATES: Saturday & Sunday, 27th – 28th April 2024

TUTOR: James Bland NEAC


TIMES: 10:00am – 5:00pm


FEE: £225

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This two-day life painting workshop will give an opportunity to explore short and long poses in drawing and painting with experienced life models. Every part of each process will be explained and demonstrated by James. This course is ideal for any painter with moderate technical experience who wants an immersion into life art practice.


All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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.

The tutor recommends you bring the following:

  • Old clothes,
  • Canvas boards
  • Painting materials.
  • Suggested oil paint colours: Titanium, White, Alizarin Crimson, Venetian red, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue.

If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order one of our Painting Packs when booking. You can purchase this at the checkout. Once ordered, packs will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only)

The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. These can also be recycled on site. If you are using oil paints you must bring 1 small jar with a lid to hold your solvent as this should be reused each week. If you want to dispose of your solvent please speak to your tutor as these cannot be poured down the sink and must be disposed of correctly.

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

    The Oil Pack contains:
  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One bottle of Zest-it (250ml)
  • One 10″x12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
  • Eight Daler Rowney 38ml Georgian oil tubes of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

      Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

      Please be aware that depending on the course structure, you might need to purchase extra canvas boards, on top of the ones provided in the pack.


English figurative artist

born in Grimsby

1st prize winner, The Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards 2013 

My work incorporates diverse approaches to style and subject but begins always in drawing and painting from life. My aim at every stage is to find an image that resonates through simplicity of colour and form.

Though some of my paintings are done quickly, most spend a long time in the studio looking for the right combination of shape, pose and composition. They may be cut down, re-stretched, scraped back or painted over. Surface texture – the byproduct of lots of changes of mind – is something I enjoy. 

I also like the idea of painting as a way of telling stories and find inspiration in literature as well as visual art. Some influences include Piero della Francesca,Rembrandt, Keith Vaughan, Georges Braque, Dorothea Tanning, Euan Uglow,Matisse, Balthus, Jan Svankmayer, Ana Maria Pacheco and Marcel Proust.


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/ The Barn 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 the course or it will be disposed of.
  • 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.


Image/James Bland