Paint a portrait in oils

Course Dates: 22/07/19 - 24/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Desmond Haughton

Experience the magic of oil paint while painting from the live model. You'll be given technical advice, such as colour mixing and how to get a likeness, as well as exploring expression and mark making.


What is the course about?

The course gives you the opportunity to focus entirely on the challenging process of portrait painting. You will use the medium of oil paint and is a combination of exploring both the technical and the expressive.

What will we cover?

The course will explore how to construct a portrait, how to colour-mix, how to see and understand tone (light and darkness). The final part of the course examines expression and the possibilities with portraiture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Represent the human head in three dimensions in drawing and painting
• Select, compose and edit visual information in a drawn or painted portrait
• Investigate and respond to an artist’s use of expressive elements in portraiture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Though some drawing experience is preferable, beginners who will enjoy a challenge are welcome. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

One to one tuition
Group discussions and evaluation

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials provided, though an A4 sketchbook to keep a record of course assignments and make notes/sketches is recommended.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VM803

Please choose a course date 

Mon-Wed, day, 22 Jul - 24 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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