Course Code E1803P06
Tutor Eigil Nordstrøm
Dates Thursdays, 25th April - 27th June 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Beginner/Intermediate
Fee £500

This course will use interior and exterior locations as a means of exploring all kinds of pictorial possibilities, both narrative and formal. The first part of the course will focus on creating work in response to interior settings. Starting in the studio, we will consider issues of perspective such as establishing the eye level, key vanishing points and receding lines. We will consider how to interpret light in terms of tone, colour, reflection and shadow, in order to create interesting paintings that capture a sense of atmosphere, working with a series of oil sketches. We will then look at gathering information through photography, sketching and taking notes in different off-site interior locations, with the aim to create a more developed painting in the studio, relating the choice of composition and focus of the painting to the individual student’s practice. We will also discuss how other artists, historical and contemporary, interpret and make use of spaciality, atmosphere and location in their work.
For the second five weeks, we will explore exterior spaces, working both from the urban architectural environment and the greenery of the London parks. We will start with a recap on perspective and understanding light, considering the challenges unique to working in the exterior. We will then start to develop painted sketches in locations such as Borough Market and down by the River, creating compositions that generate a sense of place and feed off the energy of the city. Quick “alla prima” paintings done on site will be used as starting points for more considered paintings in the studio that resonate more with the individual student’s attitude to painting. Finally, we will draw inspiration from one of the London parks, working initially “en plein air” as a means of making exciting paintings of the landscape in a short space of time. Returning to the studio we will consider landscape painting in a contemporary context, before developing a painting based on the individual student’s interest in the subject.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner + level.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Below is a list of what is currently required for the course. Please also check the ‘what to bring’ sections above. Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses:
Paints: Oils recommended. Please note that we will only need a basic palette of titanium white, ultramarine blue and burnt umber for the first week of the class.

Suggested colours:

  • Titanium White
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow or Indian Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Sap Green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalocyanine Blue, or Cerulean Blue
  • Viridian / or cool transparent Green
  • Canvases/Boards : Small canvases of the same size can be separated with four 1 cm slices of cork and taped or tied together (this applies mainly to the exterior part of the course).
  • 2 or 3 x small canvases/acrylic primed boards (mdf or thin plywood – however make sure they are gesso primed, Winsor & Newton or Ampersand are also good) or canvas taped to a drawing board (carryable sizes)
  • In addition primed paper or extra canvas roll or oil painting paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Palette – A3 size recommended.
  • Palette Knife
  • Dipper – double dippers are recommended (not necessary for the first 5 weeks) Medium
  • Empty Jam Jar or small glass bottle with top
  • Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it (the Academy is a white spirit free environment) Rags or Kitchen Paper
  • Easel – Pochard Box, Box Easel or Sketching Easel, not necessary for the interior weeks. The Mabef M/27 Sketching Easel is good as it has a platform for the palette which is very useful. Winsor & Newton make some excellent easels as well. A basic portable easel will be available for students to use with a small deposit £10.

Drawing Equipment:

  • Pocket Sketchbook
  • Soft pencils (2b at least)
  • Charcoal
  • Pastels or coloured pencils
  • Rubber
  • Viewfinder (two 90 degree corners of white or grey card and a bulldog clip)
  • Brushes – A mix of Filbert and Round Hog or Hog synthetic mix: Sizes 2, 4 , 6, 12 and a large 1” flat brush at least. Large Brushes are important because they help us keep the painting simple. I recommend online but be sure to tick THE LONG HANDLE OPTION

Plastic bag – for rubbish


  • ●  Hat for hot and cold/wet weather
  • ●  Waterproof jacket
  • ●  Waterproof shoes or boots if wet

You will need to bring your own painting materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the one of the Painting Packs, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only).

The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. These can also be recycled on site. If you are using oil paints you must bring 1 small jar with a lid to hold your solvent as this should be reused each week. If you want to dispose of your solvent please speak to your tutor as these cannot be poured down the sink and must be disposed of correctly. 

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

The Oil Pack contains:

A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round
One tear off palette (9”x12”)
One palette knife
One bottle of Zest-it (250ml)
One 10″x12″ canvas board
One 10″x14″ canvas board
Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
Eight Daler Rowney 38ml Georgian oil tubes of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

About Your Tutor

Eigil’s practice is concerned with perceptions of light, and it’s behaviour in interior spaces. Working primarily from memory, the paintings hover between representing a recollection of an observed moment and a painterly construction on the canvas. He completed the Diploma at The Art Academy, before moving on to an MA at City & Guilds of London Art School. He was the 2014 1st prize winner of the Gemini Art Prize, as well as the NEAC Annual Trust award. He has exhibited in Norway and the UK, and has many years of experience with teaching.


Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

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Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment.Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silentduring the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
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Fee: £500.00