Course Code OC2003048
Tutor Edward Sutcliffe
Course Dates Wednesdays, 21st April - 23rd June 2021
Days 10
Times 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Experience Level Beginner+
Fee £300
Location Online

This 10-weeks long ONLINE course taught by Ed Sutcliffe will help you to understand processes and techniques used in painting from photographs.

You’ll explore the skills required to achieve effective results when working from photographs instead of from life. You will consider the problems of painting from photographs and ways of overcoming these, as well the advantages of working from photographs. The course will Introduce the skills needed to produce photorealistic images, but doesn’t limit you to painting in this way.

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.

About Your Tutor


Edward is a figurative painter. His work has been shown in London, Dubai, Seoul and has been included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery 8 times – in 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 winning the BP Travel Award in 2015. Edward’s work was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2021.


What will I need

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

Materials required: List of materials for individual lessons is included in this Daily breakdown.

Preparation Requirements & Additional Costs


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. Students are encouraged to use same approach to brush cleaning using odourless spirits which can be recycled.

Below is a list of what is currently required for the course.  Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses.

Oil paints (Artist’s quality is preferable, but not essential):

  • Titanium white

  • Lemon or Cadmium yellow

  • Yellow ochre

  • Cadmium red

  • Alizarin crimson

  • Ultramarine blue

  • Any green (e.g. Sap, Permanent, Viridian)

  • Burnt umber

  • Ivory Black

Acrylic paints – even if you are planning to work in oils, it is always worth having a selection of colours in acrylic to be used for grounds and underpainting, such as Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black and Crimson Alizarin.

A selection of Brushes, ideally smooth synthetic or sable

Only odourless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it (the Academy is a white spirit free environment)

Tear-off A3 paper or solid palette and palette knife

Kitchen towels or cotton rags

Canvases/primed boards to include  1x 12″x 9″ (approximate size), 1 x 24″x18″ (approximate size)

All drawing materials, to include:

  • HB – 4B Pencils
  • Willow charcoal
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sketchbook

If you do not have your own painting materials, there is an option to order a Painting Pack at the time of booking which will be available when you arrive for your first class.  You can purchase this via the following link;

If you would like an Art Pack mailed to you then this can be done within UK only and carries a charge of £10.00.

An Oil Painting Pack (£50.00) contains:

  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One bottle Zest-it (250ml)
  • One 10″x 12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x 14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards
    8 Daler Rowney Georgian 38ml oil tubes: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

An Acrylic Painting Pack (£50.00) contains:

  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One 10″x 12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x 14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards
  • 8 Daler Rowney (System 3) acrylic tubes: Mars Black, Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Sap Green and Yellow Ochre

Further Details

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
  • Students will be required to upload their work onto the Art Academy ‘Padlet’ account (a free online sharing and teaching and sharing platform). This will allow the tutor and other students to see work you produce, and for group discussions to occur. Details of this will be sent to you nearer the time of the start of the course. The tutor will show you how to use it, if you are not familiar with it. Access to a digital camera will be required for this (mobile phone is fine), in order to take photos of your work and upload it onto Padlet.
  • Students unable to attend any lessons are treated the same as if it were in-class. Sadly, there is no feasible/practical way of adequately catching up. For similar reasons as stated above (privacy and copyright), tutors are unable to forward course materials to students, as a substitute for missed lessons.

  • Please note that many lessons are sequential, meaning that missed lessons may affect students ability to fully complete a project.

  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is not disturbing the class.

  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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Code of Conduct

Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.


Places Available!

Fee: £300.00

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