Course Code WC2302150
Tutor Julia Hawkins ROI NEAC
Course Dates Saturday & Sunday, 16th - 17th March 2024
Days 2
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £225
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR
Recommend booking before Friday 1st March 2024

This two day portrait course will offer an opportunity for intensive study under the tuition of Julia Hawkins ROI NEAC. The course will allow students the freedom to work from two models, both a male and female. Starting with preliminary sketch we will aim to produce a completed larger painting of either of the models over the two days. Under Julia’s guidance students will concentrate on tonal painting allowing the emphasis to be on the form, anatomy and effective colour use. During the course of the painting there will be an in-depth look at colour mixing. This exciting course is an intensive two days that offers a high level of tutor contact time.

This is an advanced masterclass course, prior experience is required.

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.

Materials recommended by tutor:

  • A4 hardback sketchbook and soft pencils (B6)
  • Artist quality Titanium or zinc white (200 ml tube)
  • the rest of colours 37 ml tubes: Raw umber, Yellow ochre, Red ochre transparent (Winsor & Newton), Ultramarine blue, Cadmium red, Cadmium yellow, Raw and burnt sienna, Ivory black.
  • Pointed tip palette knife (can be number 22 from Windsor & Newton).
  • Brushes: assorted sizes of bristle long filberts and flats, numbers from 10 to 16.
  • White primed canvas board approx. size 20 x 12 cm, quality white primed linen or cotton canvas size 60 x 40 cm.
  • Flat firm wooden or white plastic palette, medium size, ideally the one you can hold on your arm.
  • Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest it.
  • Jam jar with lid.
  • Apron or old shirt to protect your clothes

If you do not have your own painting materials, we recommend you order an Oils Painting Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class. Please note that The Academy Oil pack is a standard pack and does not contain exactly what the tutor has listed above.

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.


Julia Hawkins is an award-winning contemporary figurative artist based in Surrey and her portraits and landscapes reveal an experienced painter and colourist, who tries to capture the essence of her subject.

Julia is a Member of both the Royal Institute of Oil Painters  (2020) and The New English Art Club (2022). She is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries in London with both societies as well as with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Her work was also selected for the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize exhibitions.

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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From: £225.00