Figure Painting Masterclass with Charlie Pickard


COURSE DATES: Monday – Friday, 8th – 12th April 2024

TUTOR: Charlie Pickard


TIMES: 10:00am - 4:30pm


FEE: £380

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

In this exciting five-day course, under the tuition of Charlie Pickard, students will tackle the most challenging and important academic subject to master: the human figure. Students will have the opportunity to study a model from life for a 5-day pose, allowing enough time to thoroughly observe the nuances of form and colour, by painting the model for a total of six hours per day. Critiques will be focused on achieving a high level of academic accuracy, building a strong foundation that will aid in all further artwork. Charlie Pickard will also demonstrate a painting alongside students, using a direct painting method.

Recommend booking by: March 25, 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.


  • 3 Small Hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Medium sized hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Large Hog bristle brushes (flats or filberts)
  • 3 Fan brushes Hog bristle
  • Students can feel free to add to this basic list of brushes but these would be my basic set


  • Tit. White
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Cadmium orange
  • Cadmium red Light
  • Transparent Yellow oxide
  • Transparent Red Oxide
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cobalt teal
  • Quinacridone rose
  • Cadmium lemon yellow or Bismuth yellow

All Windsor & Newton, Michael harding or Old holland


  • The tutor recommends Fredrix canvas as it is a great affordable option for students. Students can however go with what they prefer as there is a lot of individual preference here


  • Linseed oil and odourless turpentine
  • A brush cleaner (jam jars are also a good budget option)
  • 1 medium pot
  • Tissue paper


Charlie Pickard is a classically trained fine artist, illustrator and author. Trained at the London Atelier of Representational Art, completing his training in 2017. His work has been seen at the Royal Society of Oil painters in 2017 and the Royal Society of British Artists in 2020, where he was awarded the Philip Delazlo Award for excellence. Charlie also regularly contributes articles to various publications including Artists and Illustrators, Imaginfx and 3Dtotal. He Illustrated the book ‘Anatomy for Artists’ in 2020 and Authored the book ‘Colour and Light’ in 2021, both in partnership with the publisher of 3Dtotal. Charlie continues to work, write, exhibit and teach out of his studio in London.

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”.

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • 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 booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.
  • 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 at the beginning of your class.


Masterclass, Painting, Figure

Image/Charlie Pickard