Painting in Practice


COURSE DATES: Wednesdays, 17th April – 5th June 2024

TUTOR: Nelson Diplexcito


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm


FEE: £500

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

This course will help you discover what it is about painting that motivates and inspires you. You will explore how to develop ideas from initial drawings, paint studies and other exploratory processes; how to refine your ideas, and how to develop coherent and resolved paintings. You will be encouraged, through discussion with your tutor and fellow classmates, to adopt a disciplined creative thinking dialogue in your painting practice, which will enable a more informed approach to your work. We’ll look at the work of contemporary painters and explore where your own work sits in the context of current painting practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the work of others and apply findings to their own work.
  • Produce experimental paintings using different media and surfaces.
  • Use different approaches to starting a painting, both conceptually and technically.
  • Apply research skills in the selection and use of ideas and source material for paintings.
  • Apply a structured process to the development of paintings.
  • Research, plan and realise a self initiated project.

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

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. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

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.


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.


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.


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. You must provide your own spirits, which can be recycled for longevity.

We request that you bring 2 small jars (one with a lid, one without) to hold your spirit, and a few cloths or rags for brush cleaning (such as an old cotton t-shirt).

Below is a list of what is currently required for the course. Please also check the ‘what to bring’ sections above. Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses.

  • A large sketchbook
  • Basic drawing materials
  •  Canvas/ canvas paper/mdf/gesso panels as needed each week – check the timetable
  • Palette and palette knife
  • Only odourless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it (the Academy is a white spirit free environment)
  • Brushes: a range of these, small and large
  • Paints (oil, acrylic, etc.)
  • Any painting mediums you may already have, such as liquin, impasto mediums, glaze mediums.If you do not have your own painting materials, there is an option to order a Painting Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class.

    You will need to bring your own painting materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course.

    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 Acrylic Pack contains:
    • A set of acrylic brushes, both flat and round
    • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
    • One palette knife
    • One 10″x12″ canvas board
    • One 10″x14″ canvas board
    • Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
    • Eight Daler Rowney (system 3) tubes of Black, White, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow

      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.

Nelson Diplexcito is a painter who has exhibited internationally and nationally since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 1990. In 2023 the first monograph of his work, Nelson Diplexcito: Orpheus Street Paintings was launched at TM Gallery in London.

Illustrating the fleetingness of time and memory, Diplexcito’s paintings reveal a narrative that is both mysterious and deeply intimate. A woman’s sidelong glance, a child’s shadow, a passing landscape as seen from the carriage of a train; each one expands the poetic bounds of painting. Suspended infinitely in time, Diplexcito challenges the impermanence of these moments and allows us to share in the intimacy of each one.

Since 1990, he has taught painting at a range of institutions including, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Loughborough University School of Art and Design, The Kent institute of Art and Design, The Folkhogskola in Gothenburg, Wimbledon College of Arts and is currently Senior Lecturer in Painting at Camberwell College of Arts.

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.

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