Course Code SC1803250
Tutor Alex Fowler
Dates Monday - Thursday, 15th April - 18th April 2019
Days 4
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £320
Location The Art Academy, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This four-day Portrait Painting Masterclass with Alex Fowler offers a fantastic opportunity for intensive study from a life model under the expert tutelage of Alex Fowler.

The course has been designed to guide you through the process of painting a portrait while taking into consideration how to paint realistic colour and to convey likeness: the right colour in the right place – a critical point in painting the visible world. You will also be encouraged to work intuitively and expressively in tandem with an emphasis on accuracy of observation.

Students will receive one-to-one guidance throughout the course and Alex will be on hand to give regular feedback and constructive advice. He will also be demonstrating and painting alongside the students.

What topics will you cover?

– Painting and drawing accurately to capture realistic likeness.
– Colour mixing; exploring a subtle use of tonal values in paint.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Advanced level.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

Ideally you will need the following paints:

– Titanium white
– Cadmium Lemon Yellow
– Cadmium Yellow
– Cadmium Red or Red Light
– Alizarin crimson
– Cerulean blue
– Ultramarine blue
– Burnt umber
– Raw Umber
– Burnt Sienna
– Ivory black

You will also need:

– Palette: tear off paper palette/ clean wooden palette at least A3
– Brushes: a range of round or filbert hogs hair bristle brushes (small to large) with long handles
– Palette knife
– Sansodor or Zest-it; odourless spirits only  (the Academy is a white spirit free environment)
– Canvasses/primed boards to include one 18″ x 14″ (approximate size) and one 24″ x 18″ (approximate size)
– Canvas paper, primed paper or small boards for studies
– Cartridge paper : A2 / A3
– 2B Pencils
– Willow charcoal
– Putty rubber
– Cotton rags
– Bade for sharpening pencils
– Masking Tape
– Dipper x 2

If you have no painting supplies you may also want to purchase one of our Painting Packs:

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


Alex Fowler studied Portrait Painting at Heatherley’s School of Art. He was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 2004. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He has been exhibiting his work regularly since 2002. For a number of years he has taught Painting and Life Drawing with the New English Art Club Drawing School and has run his own painting class working from the model. He is a painter of portraits, landscapes and still lifes.


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

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.
  • 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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From: £320.00