Julia Hawkins

“My creative and teaching methods are supported by universal principles of composition and colour. Inspired by the masters of the past as well as painters of the early 20th Century, I encourage my students to use their imagination, blending reality with experiment.”

When teaching my students to paint, I encourage them to use a process known as ‘subtraction’, when the detail is simplified and often made subordinate to the more important elements of painting and drawing – construction or tone.

Being a figurative painter involves a lot of practice in front of the subject outside or in the studio. At the same time it is never about pure copying, it’s often about analysis, logic as well as inspiration and originality.

I trained in drawing in the 1970s and later studied at the Latvian Academy of Arts. I am an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and a member of Chelsea Art Society, also regularly exhibiting with the New English Art Club and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

I teach Oil Painting and Drawing courses in Surrey, Sussex and have also taught Oil Painting at the New School of Art and drawing at the Royal Academy.

Courses with Julia Hawkins

The Art of Keeping it Simple

Julia HawkinsMarion TaylorLiz Luckwell

Oil - Still Life - Art Courses (2-5 days)

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Active Instance: a024J000002vBDWQA2, 05-Oct-2020

Inspired by the innovative and deceptively simple still life work of British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, this course shows you the essential approach to creating powerful paintings.

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5 - 8 Oct - 4 days - £375Book
22 - 25 Mar 2021 - 4 days - £375Book

The Art of Keeping it Simple

Julia HawkinsMarion TaylorLiz Luckwell

Oil - Still Life - Art Courses (2-5 days)

Active sort order:
Course ID: a00w000000bCVkF
Active Instance: a024J000002vfm0QAA, 22-Mar-2021

Inspired by the innovative and deceptively simple still life work of British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, this course shows you the essential approach to creating powerful paintings.

View

5 - 8 Oct - 4 days - £375Book
22 - 25 Mar 2021 - 4 days - £375Book