Figure Painting Masterclass with Sarah Jane Moon


COURSE DATES: Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September 2024

TUTOR: Sarah Jane Moon


TIMES: 10:00am – 5:00pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Advanced, Ages 18+

FEE: £225

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

This exciting figure painting masterclass will explore composition and colour by studying the whole figure and the surrounding space. Under the tuition of Sarah Jane Moon, students will work through a range of studies that focus on underpainting, tone and composition.

Students will create paintings with a lively outcome through a bold and direct approach, with a particular emphasis on mark making and colour. You will learn to deal with the figure in space and think through the whole picture plane as well as how to mix colour and work with a split primary palette. The class will be structured with timed exercises but an individual approach and exploration are encouraged.

This course is aimed at those who have experience with oil painting and portraiture and are looking to hone their skills and explore colour in their work.

Recommend booking by: August 17, 2024


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.

You must bring your own materials, the tutor has recommended you bring the following to the course:

  • Apron
  • A palette knife Palette (flat)
  • Brushes- medium to large rounds and flats (hog, size 2-8), small synthetics for finer detail (craft brushes size 0, flats size 4)
  • Odourless spirit, Sansodor or Zest-it
  • Dippers with lids
  • Kitchen towel and rags
  • Canvas paper (at least 6 x A4 each, larger if preferred), 2 x canvas
  • Oil Colours: Titanium white Lemon yellow Cadmium lemon Cadmium red Alizarin crimson Cerulean Blue Ultramarine blue


Sarah Jane Moon is a painter who specialises in portraiture and figurative painting. Her work explores identity, gender and connection to place. Physically, her paintings are large, gestural and suffused with a love of colour, surface and her chosen medium: oil paint.

She has exhibited widely, including with the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. As a prize winner in the Queer Britain Art Awards and recipient of the Arts Charitable Trust Award and the Bulldog Bursary for Portraiture her work has consistently been recognised for its ambition and singularity. It has also been featured in Time Magazine, The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Studio International and other publications.

Moon is based in the UK, although was raised in New Zealand and has lived in Japan, Malaysia and Australia. She has postgraduate qualifications in Art Theory and Curatorial Practice from Universities in NZ and Australia as well as qualifications in Portrait Painting from The Heatherley School of Fine Art in London.

In the UK, Moon works in London and Sussex and when in New Zealand she paints in the Bay of Plenty.

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.


Figure Painting Masterclass

Image/Sarah Jane Moon