Portraiture Painting Masterclass with Clae Eastgate


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

TUTOR: Clae Eastgate


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Intermediate/Advanced

FEE: £380

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

The Modern Portrait: This Portraiture Painting Masterclass takes a less traditional approach to making a portrait while still delivering solid starting points such as proportions/angles, values and palette mixing. It explores ideas and approaches from a more instinctive response to the subject, balancing the realistic representation with the interpretive/symbolic.

Participants will be encouraged to explore and experiment in their approaches to painting the model while still capturing the essence of character. Each exercise will start with a demo by the tutor with continuous individual tuition throughout the course.

Recommend booking by: July 15, 2024

Intermediate and Advanced

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for those who are working at both an Intermediate and Advanced level.


Intermediate courses are 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.


Advanced courses are for those 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 recommend to bring an assortment of acrylic and oil. It is not essential that both acrylics and oils are brought to the course, however it is encouraged a mixed media and experimental approach.

Drawing Materials:

  • Cartridge paper – no smaller than A3
  • Artist Sketch book (A3/A4)
  • Eraser (preferably plastic not putty)
  • Drawing pencils 2B – 6B’s
  • Sticks of willow charcoal
  • Masking tape

Oil paint colours:

Basic palette:
titanium white – large tube
cadmium yellow (hue is fine)
cadmium red (hue)
alizarin crimson
french ultramarine blue
cobalt or cerulean blue
phthalo blue (optional)

Acrylic colours:

  • As above with the addition of bright or flourescent colours (optional)
  • Brushes, assorted sizes of flats and filberts
  • Palette Knife (for mixing and painting)
  • Palette
  • Canvas pad for oil/acrylic or canvas offcuts/canvas boards etc.
  • Canvas : 1 x preferably medium to large canvas, suggestion is around 60 x 40 cm (though flexible).
  • Odourless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it.
  • Additional Useful Materials:
  • Apron or overalls
  • Disposable rubber gloves


Clae Eastgate is a British artist with a focus on portraiture. She has created projects and commissions for private clients, collectors and institutions. Noted subjects are the former Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, former Scots Makar, Jackie Kay, former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke; poet, novelist and playwright, Kae Tempest, renowned ethologist, Dame Jane Goodall and the Queen commissioned by the Kennel Club (2013). Clae is currently completing a collection of portraits celebrating the lives and work of some of the UK’s finest contemporary female poets, with three paintings from the collection recently acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for their Modern Portraiture collection and the National Library of Wales. Clae also teaches workshops in portraiture and still life both privately and in an international school for IGCSE and International A Level.

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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Portraiture Painting Masterclass

Image/Clae Eastgate