The Heatherley School of Fine Art Open Studio is based on the traditional French Atelier system. It gives artists open access to a studio in which they are able to work from a model.
The Open Studio Ticket
The Open Studio ticket offers a flexible opportunity for drawing and painting from the model. We welcome both the beginner and more established artists. You may join at any time of the year and choose your own pattern of attendance. The purchase of an Open Studio ticket entitles you to 10 half day sessions. Tickets are valid for the current academic year and unused sessions are not transferable to the subsequent academic year, so please plan your time effectively. Academic Year 2016-17 tickets expire on Friday 7 July 2017.
In order to gain access into the Open Studio please ensure you have a valid 2016-2017 ticket (purple) with you.
Sessions last for 2.5 hours and each day consists of a morning session from 10.00am-12.30pm and an afternoon session from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Any permutation of morning and afternoon sessions is possible.
Open Studio offers you the chance to work from long poses. The nude pose and the portrait pose are maintained over a period of three consecutive weeks. Life sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and portrait sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each three-week pose is set up and supervised by the same tutor and gives the opportunity for six days work on a painting or drawing.
On Fridays the emphasis is on drawing. New techniques and approaches are explored through both short and long poses.
Open Studio Weekly Timetable (see calendar to the right)
Monday & Wednesday Life Drawing & Painting (same pose either 2 or 3 weeks)
Tuesday & Thursday Portrait Drawing & Painting (same pose either 2 or 3 weeks)
Friday Life Drawing
Students may enrol at any time during the academic year either online, by post or in the school office which is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Click ENROL NOW below to book online.
FEES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17 10 half day sessions £260; senior citizens £240.
Term begins Monday 26th September in Studio 4 on the first floor.
The Heatherley School of Fine Art reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule courses, or adjust fees, or substitute lecturers as necessary.
I just wanted to feed back how rewarding my time at your open studio was. It was stimulating and I wish I had more time to paint there .... A special thanks to George for reminding me there are many dimensions to drawing. To Tim who reminded me to trust my instinct. Hilary who reminded me to pay more attention (I work fast), Tony’s easy way and hand measure method. Thank you for making me feel so welcome. Warm regards DP ...... 23 November
Founded in 1845, The Heatherley School of Fine Art is one of the oldest independent art schools in London, and is among the few art colleges in Britain that focus on portraiture, figurative painting, printmaking, illustration and sculpture. Heatherley’s is controlled by The Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust. Registered Charity No. 312872
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