Painting the Figure in Space


COURSE DATES: Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2024

TUTOR: Carl Randall


TIMES: 10:00am - 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Intermediate

FEE: £370

LOCATION: Bankside Campus, 185 Park Street, SE1 9SH

This engaging course covers a range of ways to paint the human figure in different spaces, suitable for those with some painting experience or a refresher for those who wish to refine their skills. You will start by painting the life model in the studio space, focusing on perspective and placing the figure in the room before focusing on the techniques used by contemporary painters and the old masters, working from miniature models as a way of working out interesting compositions. Days 4 and 5 are one project – gathering information collected from outside, and then constructing your own compositions in the studio, incorporating 3 figures into the space as a way of suggesting narrative. This course will cover:

  • Perspective and depicting convincing space and depth in painting
  • An understanding of painting the figure within an environment
  • Developing personal style
  • Creating imaginative compositions
  • Sketching outside.
  • A variety of painting techniques

This course is suitable for both Oil and Acrylic paints.

Recommend booking by: July 15, 2024


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 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.


Carl Randall (PhD, MFA, BA) is a British figurative painter whose recent work is inspired by modern Japan. 

Carl is a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art, The Princes Drawing School in London, and Tokyo Geidai University in Tokyo, Japan. He won the 2012 BP Travel Award at The National Portrait Gallery in London and has won several other prizes, including the £1500 1st prize in the 1998 Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 2nd prize twice in The William Coldstream Painting Competition at The Slade School and a Duveen Travel Scholarship to Italy. 

In 2003 Carl was awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation scholarship to continue his painting career in Tokyo, during which time he was selected to be artist in residence in Hiroshima city (to document portraits of survivors of the Atomic Bomb, the resulting drawings now part of the permanent collection of UCL Museum) and was chosen to represent Japan as artist in residence at the 2007 Formula 1 Races. He completed a Masters and PhD in Painting at Tokyo Geidai University, resulting in being awarded the 2011 Nomura Art Prize (the top prize at the University).

Bankside Campus

185 Park Street,London SE1 9SH

tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

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.


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