Course Code EC2004024
Tutor Gail Seres-Woolfson
Course Dates Wednesdays 4th August - 8th September 2021
Days 6
Times 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £180
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR, Various locations

As well as being very informative, this course is great fun and offers the fantastic opportunity to paint in and around the landscape of London Bridge. The Art Academy is just a short stroll from all sorts of exciting locations that could become a focus of a painting; the Thames, the Tate, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, the shard, building sites and lots of small gardens. The majority of this course will be based outdoors painting on site, although there will be a studio available for use if the weather prevents us from working outdoors. You will learn techniques of tone, colour, atmosphere, composition, perspective, as well as how to be organised and efficient with materials when working out and about. The course culminates in the studio developing a more ambitious painting working from sketches or photos.

What topics do we cover?

  • Off­site painting in the urban landscape
  • Understanding tone, colour and texture
  • Composition and atmosphere
  • Creative expression
  • Being organised when working outside
  • Painting a landscape/cityscape from photos

By the end of this course you will: ​Have an understanding of the fundamentals of creating a painting. Be able to paint outdoors with confidence, being organised with your materials and transporting wet paintings. You will be left with a series of painterly sketches as well as further developed paintings generating lots of enthusiasm to carry on painting.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

You will need to bring your painting materials to the class. Please note that when painting outdoors, being organised with your materials and tools is essential. Make sure you bring everything listed below to the class.

  • Small sketch book
  • Drawing materials
  • Jar with a lid
  • An old rag & kitchen roll
  • Paints (acrylic or oil)
  • Brushes
  • Palette knife
  • Palette
  • Surfaces to paint on (canvas boards or stretched canvas)
  • If you have a portable easel or desk easel please bring this, however this is not completely necessary, in the past students have managed fine without one
  • Plastic carrier bags for dirty rags/brushes
  • Masking tape
  • An extra layer of clothing/light waterproof jacket, as it can get a little chilly after a couple of hours outside.


  • Painting medium
  • Wet wipes
  • 30cm ruler
  • Fold up travel easel(if you have one)
  • Fold out stool

About Your Tutor


Gail’s paintings reflect her fascination with the urban landscape, figures and stories around her, and an interplay between structure and spontaneity, observation and re-imagining. She has exhibited across the capital and her work has been shortlisted for the inaugural Evening Standard Contemporary Painting Prize and the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and is held in private collections in the UK and internationally. Gail enjoys teaching in a variety of settings, encouraging and supporting students to develop their skills and style with a range of approaches and artistic references.



The course is based partly outside and partly in one of our studios.

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”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

Access to a common room and kitchen is limited while distancing measures are in place. It can be used by up to 12 people (from the same class) at scheduled break times only. The kitchen can be used by 1 person at a time for hand washing and waste disposal facilities only.

Students are currently not able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food. Students are able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available. The payment is contactless.

Mugs are not available for use, and students are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs if they wish to use the coffee machine.

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.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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Fee: £180.00