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Read below for more information or click here for bookings.


When does the still life classes run?


Morning session: 10am - 12:45pm

Afternoon session: 1:30pm - 4:15pm

Whole day: 10am to 4:15pm (with 45 min lunch)


6-9pm (with Sandra Brand)



Morning session: 10am - 12:45pm

Afternoon session: 1:30pm - 4:15pm

Whole day: 10am to 4:15pm (with 45 min lunch)


9:15am - 12:00pm

Each term runs for 10 weeks (term dates below)

What happens in this class?

These classes are intended to help students develop their still life painting and/or drawing skills. You will be provided your own lightbox setup for the term, which means that you can work on a painting or drawing at your own pace, for as many classes as you wish, without any disturbance to the lighting or the objects you're painting. You can work on one painting or drawing for the term, or as many as you like. Still life is a great way to explore all aspects of making realistic artworks and the class covers concepts such as drawing, proportion, tone, colour-mixing, composition and more.

Beginner drawers will go through a series of exercises starting with still life setups made from simple 3D shapes, and will gradually progress to more complex studies. The aim is to get fluent at understanding what you're seeing as a collection of shapes of light and dark and representing those shapes in the simplest way possible on the page. Then we look at how to use shading to give a sense of the light and form of an object.

Who is this class for?

This class is for anyone who would like to improve their ability to paint from life. It is suitable for all levels of experience and is particularly great for students who are interested in having the time to take their work to a higher level of finish than is generally allowed for in other art schools. This class is also an ideal starting point for beginners, who can focus on the fundamentals of drawing from life - you can start with simple projects and then move on to more complex drawing challenges or painting.

What do I need to bring?

If you click on one of the links at the bottom of this page you’ll be able to see our general materials list. If you’d like to paint but you’re new to it, don’t feel like you have to rush out and buy everything. It might be best to just bring drawing equipment on the first day and we can discuss further materials as we go. If you’re going to focus on drawing you’ll only need the drawing materials.

The studio also has some drawing and painting materials for sale if needed.

How do I sign up?

If you click on an item in the following list, or on a class link at the bottom of this page, you will be taken to another page where you can see a detailed materials list and book online.

Wednesday Whole Day

Wednesday Morning

Wednesday Afternoon

Wednesday Evening (with Sandra Brand)

Friday Whole Day

Friday Morning

Friday Afternoon

Saturday Morning

Term Dates 2024:

Term 1: Wednesday, 31st January - Saturday, 6th April

Term 2: Wednesday, 24th April - Saturday, 29th June

Term 3: Wednesday, 17th July - Saturday, 21st September

Term 4: Wednesday, 9th October - Saturday, 14th December

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