Course Code SC2204050
Tutor Eleanor May Watson
Course Dates Monday - Thursday, 31st July - 3rd August 2023
Days 4
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £310
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This is the perfect course if you would like to be able to work from photos in an atmospheric and expressive way. This four day course will cover creating atmospheric oil paintings from photographs of landscapes or interiors. We will begin with a day of drawing from observation to focus on mark-making and surface. We will then begin to work from photos using a reduced palette and negative space to create a series of compositions. We will then explore the expressive power of colour. This course is an advanced level and requires previous experience of painting.

This course is suitable for students at our Advanced level.

  • Advanced

    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.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • 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, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    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.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

Students should bring the following for the duration of the week:

  • 4 – 5 images to use during the course
  • 20 sheets of A3 cartridge paper
  • Brown tape to stretch paper
  • PVA and PVA brush
  • Oil paints
  • 2 jam jars
  • palette knife
  • pipette (optional)
  • brushes – range of scales
  • lots of rags
  • liquid (recommended)
  • Zest it or other low odour solvent
  • 1 A4/A3 canvas/board for Day 3 (depending on the artists natural scale and speed of working)
  • 1 A3/A2 canvas/board for Day 4 and 5 (depending on the artists natural scale and speed of working)


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.’ 

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”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • 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.
  • 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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • 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 at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £310.00

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