From Sketch to Painting - Portraiture

Drawing / Oil / Figure - Materials included

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Course details

Demystify painting and learn the nuts and bolts of studio practice by watching an artist work through a process live online. Join artist Gary Long in our studio where he will share with you the creative journey of creating a portraiture in oils working from a model.

This is the second of our Studio Practice sessions with a focus on the art of creating a portrait from scratch. These practical in depth demos can motivate and inspire you, building confidence in materials and process. Gary’s is broken up into two sessions lasting two hours each. Sharing with you different parts of the process he goes through to take a sketch to a finished portrait in oils. This first of our online sessions is a special edition with our long standing tutor Steve Dove as Gary’s model over the two days.

During the live session, there will be an opportunity for students to pose questions to Gary during the demonstrations. We will have a camera on the model throughout the session so students can also have a go at drawing and painting alongside Gary.

You can watch them live or later as we record them and send you a link. These will be available to view for two weeks after the session.

You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with our community of fellow students from around the world.

Day to day plan

This is a rough indication of what to expect over the two sessions.
NB the course runs from 10am – 12pm over two days. You can join in live or watch later.

Day 1

On Friday Gary will start to draw the model moving into a colour study in Gouache

Day 2

Saturday morning Gary will use his studies as well as working direct from the model and move into using oils.

How Does an online session work?

Once you have booked a session, we will send you a Zoom link so you can join the session live. You don’t need to register with Zoom just follow the link you receive when you book. This link is only valid for the live session the link to the recording is sent later.

You can put questions to the tutor using the question and answer function during the session. We record the sessions so you can watch on demand as often as you like for up to two weeks after. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

From Sketch to Painting – Portraiture

Drawing / Oil / Figure – Materials included

Book Selected Date

What to Bring

You don’t need to bring any materials to the session. This will be a demonstration rather than a tutorial to follow. However you are welcome to join in as you can also see the model.

You can download a materials list here if you would like to join in.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it.

Timings and Breaks

At about 9.45am please follow the link to go to your session’s waiting room. We will play a video with audio of students artwork we have collated so far in response these session. So you can check you are connecting ok.

Any problems either receiving your link or connecting please contact i[email protected] and we will do our best to get that sorted before the start time.

We will start the session at 10.00 am. We expect each of our Studio Practice sessions to last about two hours. In the session please pose questions to the artist using the Q & A function. We will pause for questions at different points during the session.

What our students say

It was really interesting to see how Gary linked his preliminary sketches with painting. I feel I have learned a lot and look forward to ‘attending’ more demonstrations.

Christine Devereux

Brilliant tuition and demonstration from Gary, well done for using this new way of communicating artistic learning and enjoyment.

William Stephens


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How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

Do I need a webcam/any equipment?

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet and no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

All the art materials and equipment needed to participate in the course will be listed in full on the online learning platform, for live webinars this will be a minimum of two weeks before the session starts.

I have registered for the webinar but I can't find my joining link

You can access all the resources and joining link for your webinar via our online learning platform. You will need to have set up an account on our online learning platform in advance. You can do this during the checkout process when purchasing your webinar. If you are having trouble accessing your online account, please contact [email protected]. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, how can I watch?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and you can access the recording on our online learning platform until it expires. Usually 60 days for a webinar, 90 – 180 days for multipart webinars or online courses.

Studio Courses

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.

Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon Long Stay Car Park, both a 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at Trenwith Car Park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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