Figures & Portraits

Course Details

DateWed 16th Sep 2020
Duration3 Days
Pay Now Price £399.00
Revised for 2020: Figures and Portraits

Figures & Portraits is our one stop shop for the essential painting skills you need for classical and contemporary figure painting.

Figures are central to visual art, but are surprisingly easy to paint using the right techniques.
Who it’s For

Figures and Portraits is for existing and improving oil painters who want to know how classical figure painters such as Sargent worked, and wish to try out ways of using those skills in a more contemporary way.

Student study after Rembrandt. This student went on to be selected to show in the 2019 celebration of Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
How it Works

Starting by teaching you the basic approaches to classical figure painting, this course moves on to show you how some classically trained painters used their skills to become more contemporary . Figures & Portraits is not a figure drawing class, nor do you need classical drawing skills to take part.

Fen with her study after Freud.
Where to Do It

Figures & Portraits is only available at our Norfolk studio.

Fees and Booking

Course only £399 (at our Pay Now Price) , as a stand alone 3 day workshop.

To book online select a course date and pay, or if you prefer to speak to us call Jane on 01485 528588

Martin Kinnear leading the 2018 Caravaggio masterclass. Figures and portraits students are amongst the delegates.
Martin On Figures & Portraits

‘Classical painting is actually quite a small part of a traditional Atelier program, which necessarily devotes years to acquiring the skills required for sight size classical drawing and modelling. So I wondered if it would be useful to offer those painting skills to students who don’t necessarily want to  commit to a full atelier program, and the result is this course. Does it work? Well, its been in our program by popular demand for three years now, so yes, the demand –  is there, because of the results our students achieve.’

Figures play a central role in my work – every painting is about the Human condition after all. Council House Days – Oil on board 92×48″ 2018, by Martin Kinnear
What’s Included
  • Three days of structured specialist oils tuition, which means you get a focused  and proven learning experience
  • Explanation, hands on painting  and demonstration led learning, by a tutor with two studio assistants which means you get help at your easel
  • All materials and notes, are included so you don’t need to bring a thing or worry about what you need for the course
  • Learn traditional and contemporary systems for figure painting in oils, so you can study the old masters and see how to use this skills in your own creative work.
  • Refreshments and a light lunch included, so you can socialise at the School with your fellow students
More Information

Oils are the traditional medium for figure and portrait painting, so where better to brush up your skills than at the Norfolk Painting School? Our  Figures & Portraits is a practical way to get into the genre, featuring traditional and contemporary methods for creating your own masterpieces at home.

Get the basics right. Simply Oils provides core information about ebauche the key technique for figure painting, as well as mediums, subtractive colour, short grounds and much more. Fen teaching Simply Oils in 2019

More Information

Figures & Portraits  is a class for existing and improving oil painters intended to follow one of our Simply Oils courses.  It is accessible for  experienced oil painters but not beginners or painters who are working in other media – who should take our Simply Oils course.

‘Fen was a very good teacher and I can say I have learnt more about painting from my time at your school than in my whole Art education’ Simply Oils student July 2019