Course Code WC2102050
Tutor Jennifer McRae RSA
Course Dates Saturday & Sunday, 19th & 20th March 2022
Days 2
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Advanced
Fee £200
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

In this masterclass, you will be painting from two models, with an emphasis on the visual differences between them. These individual nuances will help you to use comparative means to strengthen what you see, whether you are working on a portrait of one of the models or both (although double portraits are encouraged as they help the flow and are full of exciting challenges). The aim is to portray likeness and individuality in each model. The relatively short time of two days will be of benefit in freeing inhibition and embracing what is “there” and to work from life; it is very much painting the experience. You will work under the expert guidance of Jennifer McRae RSA, whose work can be found in a number of collections including the Royal Collection at the National Portrait Gallery. By the end of the course, you will have completed a single or double portrait.

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?

Jennifer suggests to bring the following:

– A variety of bristle, soft and synthetic brushes, both flat and round, with small to medium bearing in mind the detailed areas in the later stages – suitable for either oils or acrylics

– One tear off palette (9”x12”) – One palette knife

– One bottle Zest-it (250ml)

– A sketch book or loose paper suitable for water based or oil

– One stretched canvas or board for main composition, own preference of size (suggest no smaller than 16 x 12”)

– Selection of acrylic paints (see detailed list below) or selection of oil paints if using (see detailed list below)

– Painting medium: liquin pasto for thicker texture if that is a preference (will build up layers faster and dry quicker). If smooth thinner layering liquin ordinary (there is also a fine detail version)

– 3 Small jars for mixing as this will keep solvents cleaner

– kitchen roll or cloth rags

Colours recommended by Jennifer: Paints: Daler Rowney Georgian and Windsor and Newton artist’s quality where possible; Old Holland, Schminke, Mussini are all good makes of paint to work with: Titanium white, Raw umber, Olive green, Rose d’or (or similar cheaper rich pink), Naples yellow, a warm black rather than a blue based (Spanish or similar brown based black), Sap green, Burnt sienna, Indian yellow, Yellow ochre, Cerulean blue, Violet, plus the basic colours mentioned from the Art Academy packs. The colours above are recommended suggestions to pick and choose from by the student.

About Your Tutor


Jennifer McRae is mainly a figurative painter based in Edinburgh. Jennifer works predominantly with oil, watercolours, canvas, paper. Jennifer’s work can be found in number of collections including National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection and many others. 



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

The common room can be used by individuals from the same class at scheduled break times only.

The kitchen can be used for handwashing and waste disposal facilities only.

Please note, students will not be able to use the kitchen to prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

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

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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Image / Jennifer McRae – Marriage, oil on linen, Private Collection


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Fee: £200.00