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Painting in practice: Exploring paint and its properties

Art making summer school

Short course

  • 23 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 27 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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H. Andrew Freeth RA, Portrait of Christine Ager (detail), ca. 1969.

Oil on board. 760 mm x 625 mm x 30 mm. © Martin, Tony and Richard Freeth. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.

A practical five-day course exploring paint and painting techniques through the genres of still life and portraiture.

This course teaches acrylic, gouache and oils, using the traditional subjects of still life and portrait painting to experiment and explore the unique properties of each medium. Working directly from still life subjects, and building up to working from portrait models, participants will learn basic structural drawing skills, colour mixing, paint application and brush handling techniques.

These practical sessions will be interspersed with unique opportunities to access experts in their fields as well as viewings of the RA’s vast behind-the-scenes archive.

Your tutor will be Robin-Lee Hall PPRP, Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and winner of the Ondaatje Medal for Portraiture.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 23 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 27 August 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£1,900. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.

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