Course Code WC2301051
Tutor James Bland
Course Dates Saturday& Sunday, 11th - 12th November 2023
Days 2
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £210
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This two day portrait course will offer an opportunity for intensive study under the tuition of Andrew Hitchcock. The course will allow students the freedom to work from two models, both a male and female. Starting with preliminary sketches we will aim to produce a more ‘finished’ painting of either of the models over the two days. Under Andrew’s guidance students will concentrate on tonal painting allowing the emphasis to be on the form, during the course of the painting there will be an in-depth look at colour mixing. The tutor will also be working alongside the students demonstrating a ‘wet in wet’ technique. This exciting course is an intensive two days that offers a high level of tutor contact time

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.

Ideally you will need:
Titanium white
Cadmium lemon
Yellow ochre or Raw sienna
Cadmium red
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine blue
Raw umber
Burnt umber
Ivory black

Brushes: assorted sizes of filberts and flats, we recommend the Pro-arte Sterling white synthetic brushes and the Monarch brushes.
An off-set palette knife.
Any canvas size as long as it does not exceed 24″ x20″ due to space constraints.
Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest it.
Winsor& Newton painting medium.

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 the Painting Pack below, at the time of booking, which 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 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 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.

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

Please note that The Academy Oil pack is a standard pack and does not contain exactly what Anastasia has listed above.


English figurative artist

Born in Grimsby

1st prize winner, The Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards 2013


My work incorporates diverse approaches to style and subject but begins always in drawing and painting from life. My aim at every stage is to find an image that resonates through simplicity of colour and form.


Though some of my paintings are done quickly, most spend a long time in the studio looking for the right combination of shape, pose and composition. They may be cut down, re-stretched, scraped back or painted over. Surface texture – the byproduct of lots of changes of mind – is something I enjoy.


I also like the idea of painting as a way of telling stories and find inspiration in literature as well as visual art. Some influences include Piero della Francesca,Rembrandt, Keith Vaughan, Georges Braque, Dorothea Tanning, Euan Uglow,Matisse, Balthus, Jan Svankmayer, Ana Maria Pacheco and Marcel Proust.

Victoria Browne draws on public special collections to appropriate material research, applying traditional and innovative print techniques in the development of site responsive installations. As the Founder of KALEID editions her practice extends to artists’ books in addition to curating and representing European based artists. She is a visiting lecturer in the UK and Norway, and facilitates printmaking and digital media workshops in London. Browne’s work is held in public collections at the Tate, V&A Museum, Bristol City Museum and Bergen Council. In 2011 and 2012 she received the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award for Excellence.

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 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 silentduring 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 of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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From: £210.00