Course Code WC2302050
Tutor Charlie Pickard
Course Dates Saturday & Sunday, 9th - 10th March 2024
Days 2
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Ages 18+, Intermediate/Advanced
Fee £225
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR
Recommend booking before Friday 23rd Febrary 2024

In this exciting weekend 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 2-day pose, allowing enough time to thoroughly observe the nuances of form by drawing 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 mass drawing method.

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced drawing level.

This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level students, who have considerable knowledge in the medium taught.

  • 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.

  • 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.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

Below is a list of materials recommended by the tutor:

  • Generals Charcoal pencil
  • Arches Mbm Paper
  • Panpastel Titanium white
  • Panpastel Colourless blender
  • Charcoal powder
  • Paper Stumps
  • Willow Charcoal


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 3d total.

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 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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