Course Code OC2201018
Tutor Thomas Golunski
Course Dates Mondays, 3rd October - 31st October 2022
Days 5
Times 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Experience Level Beginner
Fee £145
Location Online

Experience the magic of portrait painting. Beginning by simplifying the approach to portraiture, learn the fundamentals of line, measurement techniques and working in oils, to then progress to use tone to create 3D form and colour. Over two weeks, towards the end of the course, you will use yourself as a model to create a self-portrait with focus on the fundamentals skills you have developed, further considering when to be truthful to nature and when to reference. The perfect way for beginners to start in portrait painting.

This course is part of our three stage Fundamentals of Portraiture series. Explore our Fundamentals of Portraiture Stage 2 and Stage 3

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Beginner level.

  • 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.

Other course levels include:

  • 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.

About Your Tutor


Thomas Golunski is a contemporary figurative artist based in the south of the UK. He uses intuitive mark-making techniques to capture an accurate impression of a moment, while focusing on the impact that illumination has on his subjects. Thomas works predominantly in oils and charcoal to recreate the immediate impression, urgency and atmosphere of these moments in time. 


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.

  • Your set of materials should include at least the following:
    • Plain A4 paper, 1x sheet
    • Pencils, 2 grades from the following: 4B, 2B, HB, H
    • Rubber x1 and putty eraser x1
    • Pencil sharpener x1
    • 3x canvas, canvas board or primed paper*
    • canvas/board rough size: 2x 10×8”, 1x 16×12”
    • paper rough size: 2x A4, 1x A3
    • Colours, 1x each: titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, burnt umber
    • Hog hair brushes, filbert shape: 1×12, 3×8, 3×6
    • 250ml Turpentine or Zest it or Sansodor
    • Two jars with lids
    • Kitchen roll

We will not be held responsible for any technical issues that you might experience with your own equipment 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.

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

  • Fundamentals of Portraiture - Online Course - Short Course - Art Academy London

“Tutor was absolutely brilliant, both in her approach and what she led us to do. A memorable day for me, wish I’d attended years ago. Has inspired me to experiment further in the medium.”


Places Available!

Fee: £145.00