Painting People: The Figure and Portrait – Thursdays 28 Sept 2017 to 5 July 2018

Annual Fee £1700 Fee per term £650

Classes run from 10am to 5pm (see below for term timetable) – Fee includes an end of year student show at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. This course is limited to 12 participants only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Portrait of the artist Bhupen Khakhar by Alison Harper (Drawing and Painting from life)

This course aims to explore the elements of portraiture and figure painting and drawing in both systematic and creative ways. The course will be taught by established artists namely Sandy Moffat OBE RSA, Alison Harper and  Rosemary Beaton.

All are prize winning portrait painters who have exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and/or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Three of the five tutors have their work permanently in the National Portrait collections.

This detailed course will include slide-shows and talks by each tutor on their work, ideas and the methods they use.

Click images to enlarge © Image copyright of the artists All rights reserved. Licensed for use by TheESOP with artist’s consent

The Berliners by Sandy Moffat OBE RSA (The power of storytelling through paint)

Term 1: 29 Sept to 8 Dec 2016 Drawing and Painting from life

Term 2: 12 Jan to 23 Mar 2017 Painting People – Ideas and Photography

Term 3: 27 Apr to 6 July 2017 Portraits: a moment in time – the power of storytelling through paint.



Below time-lapse demonstration by David Caldwell.
Venue: Open Day at The Essential School of Painting April 2017

David Caldwell demonstrates painting a portrait