Classical Drawing & Painting Short Courses


Please contact the Mentor below with any questions for this group.

Places are limited.


As Announced

Mentor: Evan Williams
FEES per term:
Fees include studio and model fees plus some materials.

Learn some of the classical drawing and painting techniques used by artists for centuries!

After being largely disregarded at the beginning of the 20th Century, these traditional techniques are re-emerging within the contemporary atelier movement and some art and design schools.

CAW member Evan Williams  mentors from his experience over six summers of working in classical studios in Florence, Italy. Courses will be run as interest is registered and Evan is available. Run in atelier fashion, Evan works alongside members on their projects while providing instruction, advice and critiques throughout the evening.


Classical Drawing Overview

The course is suitable for beginners who enjoy drawing and for more experienced artists who wish to learn these classical techniques. If you are interested in taking part, please send an expression of interest with brief details of your drawing experience (eg recent beginner, longer term drawing enthusiast, etc) to As numbers are limited by the space available it may be necessary to establish a waiting list.

When considering whether to apply you should be aware that it is not possible to draw sight-size from a static or seated position – participants need to be able to stand and to move backward and forward from their easels for most of the session.

Students will work using the sight-size method of drawing, in which the image and subject are placed at a distance in order to perceive the whole. This method helps artists to see a unified image to scale and in proportion, as used by masters since the 17th Century, including Reynolds, Lawrence, and Sargent. Its origins lie in the practice of Titian, Van Dyck and Velázquez. It teaches a different way of seeing – by learning to observe from a distance and convey the visual effect.

Beginning with drawing from the plaster cast, students will also also complete Bargue drawing exercises and a portrait drawing.

Classical Painting Overview

This structured program begins with a charcoal drawing and then a monochrome painting from a plaster cast. This leads on to four sittings with a live model to produce an oil portrait at life size.

The class learns how to make their own oil paints by grinding pigment, how to make oil painting mediums, and how and when to use siccatives. Painting is carried out with a limited palette of four pre-determined colours.

The method used for all sessions is sight-size – the technique of artists such as John Singer Sargent – where the easel is next to the subject and the artist views both the subject and the canvas from a measured distance, moving forward to draw or paint. It is conducted in atelier fashion where the teacher works on his own painting at the same time and in the same phase as the students, making time to provide advice and assistance as needed.

Courses will be conducted in the future, provided there is sufficient interest and studio space is available. Please contact to express interest.

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