Course Code SC1904035
Tutor Adebanji Alade
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 3rd August - 7th August 2020
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Intermediate
Fee £335
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This figure painting course is designed to develop the intermediate or advanced painter, enabling you to capture the spirit of the figure with intensity, gesture and rhythm. You will work from a model (with a ratio of one model to eight students), exploring the figure in a series of long and short poses through a variety of mediums including charcoal, graphite, and oil paints. You’ll look at proportion, dynamism and accuracy, as well as exploring tone and temperature changes under different light conditions. The week will combine all these techniques into a two-day pose with dramatic lighting, before engaging in a group feedback session. Your expert tutor will be on hand to provide individual and group guidance throughout the week.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for students at our Intermediate level.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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 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.

Recommended materials from Alan:

  • Odorless spirits, Zest-it or Sansodor
  • 1 jar with lid to put your odorless solvent in
  • 1 jar without lid
  • Kitchen roll and a couple of cloth rags.
  • Surfaces: Paper; 2 white cartridge and 3 coloured (buff, brown or coloured mid-toned) A2. Canvases/primed boards to include one at between A3 and A2 (approximate size) for the one day painting on Tuesday, and two at A2 to A1 (approximate size) for two paintings carried out over the last three mornings and afternoons. One extra (any size) might also be handy just in case.
  • Palette
  • Brushes: a range of square ended bristle brushes (small to large). One large flat (1.5/2 inches) would be useful.
  • A palette knife
  • An old shirt or apron

Below is a list of colours that Alan uses:

  • Titanium white
  • Zinc White
  • Raw Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Spectrum Yellow
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Spectrum Red
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Venetian Red/Indian Red
  • Paynes Grey
  • Raw Umber

About your tutor


Adebanji has sketched and painted almost all his life and he currently works full time as a painter from his studio on Lots Road in Chelsea, London. Whether he works indoors or outdoors, he strives to bring the life, vitality and movement of ‘the sketch’ into his paintings. He regards himself as the ADDICTIVE SKETCHER. He focuses mainly on people and places in his artworks. He is a member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Chelsea Art Society, Urban Sketchers Correspondent and The Guild of Fine Art Nigeria. His most recent awards and achievements include the Harold Riley Sketchbook Prize, 2014. His Self Portrait Acquired in the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection 2015. The Artist in Residence for the One Show, BBC One 2016 till date. Nominated as part of the Judging panel for Pintar Rapido 2017. He has been Commissioned by the BBC to produce portraits of Chris Eubanks, Gail Portrer, Leslie Ash, Sam Fox and Adele Bellis. His works have been exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Adebanji also teaches drawing and painting at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art. He also does one to one coaching on artistic development.



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 purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • 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 MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during 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 images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
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From: £335.00