Atmospheric Painting from Photos Masterclass with Eleanor May Watson


COURSE DATES: Monday 5th – Thursday 8th August 2024

TUTOR: Eleanor May Watson


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm


FEE: £370

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

This Atmospheric Painting from Photos Masterclass is the perfect course for experienced painters looking to study photos in an atmospheric and expressive way under the tuition of Eleanor May Watson. Students will start by working from photos using a reduced palette and negative space. Over the week, the class will then explore the expressive power of colour through colour theory before scaling up for the final two days.

Throughout the week students will work from photos to create a series of compositions considering the following areas:

  • Composition, using a reduced palette and tonal range
  • Colour mixing and colour theory
  • Expressive possibilities of painting
  • Balance between figuration and abstraction

By the end of the week students would have created oil paintings with an atmospheric composition, full of narrative potential.

Recommend booking by: July 22, 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.

Students must bring all their own materials to the class. Please see the list of materials the tutor has recommend you to bring:

  • 10 sheets or book of oil painting paper
  • Oil paints
  • 2 jam jars palette knife pipette (optional) brushes – range of scales lots of rags Liquin (recommended)
  • Zest it or other low odour solvent
  • 1-2 A4/A3 canvas/board for Day 3 (depending on the artists natural scale and speed of working)
  • 1-2 A3/A2 canvas/board for Day 4 and 5 (depending on the artists natural scale and speed of working)

Please see the course schedule for what you will need to bring each day.


Eleanor May Watson is a practicing artist who lives and works in West Kent. Her prints and paintings explore the imaginative potential of empty domestic interiors. ’Hoarding photos is part of my work, they are the jumping off point from which to explore my imagination as well as the materiality of paint.’

Bankside Campus

185 Park Street,London SE1 9SH

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This is our new purpose built accessible campus. Find more information here

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

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

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.


Painting from Photos Eleanor May Watson

Image/Eleanor May Watson