Wednesday Life Painting and Drawing Fundamentals (Mornings Only)

Wednesday Life Painting and Drawing Fundamentals (Mornings Only)

Term 2: April 27 - June 29, 2022 (10 weeks)

10:00am to 12:45pm


This class will run over ten consecutive Wednesday mornings. Students will work from the live model who will hold a new pose each week. The model will hold that pose for the entire day. Students will focus either on alla prima/direct painting methods, or on the fundamentals of accurate figure and portrait drawing. The class will feature live demonstrations from two classically-trained artists, as well as in-depth individual feedback.


All classes at Hamley Studio are tailored to the needs of individuals, and so are suitable for beginners to advanced artists. We always recommend that beginners start with drawing, as good draughtsmanship is at the core of good painting.


    For drawing

    • A2 size cartridge paper
    • Pencil (H, HB or 2B are fine)
    • Kneadable eraser


    For painting:

    • Brushes – we recommend bringing brushes in a range of shapes and sizes. We tend to use primarily hog-hair filbert brushes. We also recommend bringing a few softer brushes for softening edges. It is also useful to have a few flat brushes, as well as some small round brushes for details. A soft fan brush can also be useful for softening edges.

    *Brushes must be in good condition. In terms of brand, for the hog-hair brushes we like the Isabey Hog Series ( though this is not essential.


    • Boards/canvases – students need to bring a new board or canvas each week. Canvases can be stretched but loose pieces of canvas are also fine (they can be pinned to boards that are available at the studio). Some art stores sell canvas off-cuts, and Hamley Studio will have available loose canvas pieces that you can buy.

    *We recommend toning your surface with a mid-tone neutral grey colour (raw umber with white for instance). It must be dry prior to the class. This can be -done with oil paint or, if you’re using an acrylic-primed canvas, acrylic paint. Acrylic paints are not to be used in class though.


    • Palette Knife – Metal, not plastic
    • Wooden Palette (the studio is also able to supply palettes for use during class)
    • Paper towel
    • Rags (old T-shirts etc. are good)



    The colours we use are the following–

    • White (Cremnitz/Lead/Flake OR Titanium)
    • A bright yellow (e.g.Cadmium Yellow, Cad Yellow Pale or Cad Yellow Lemon)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Red Light (or Vermilion)
    • An earth red (e.g. Transparent Red Oxide, Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red, English Red)
    • Alizarin Crimson or Alizarin Claret
    • Raw Umber
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Ivory Black

    *We mostly use Michael Harding and Old Holland paints but they are expensive because they have higher levels of pigment than student quality paints. Any artist quality paints are acceptable -Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Rembrandt etc - do not buy oil paint sets.