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Contemporary Figurative Painting


17 April – 3 July / 10.00pm – 4.00pm
12 weeks / No half term break

Tutor: Sarah Jane Moon

Course #: WD26

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Contemporary Figurative Painting

This is a project based advanced painting course designed to help students find ways into making ambitious paintings that rely on creative use of reference material. 

You will look at contemporary artists working today to interrogate their processes, as well as think through narrative aspects and themes in your own work. 

The course centres around two main projects: a narrative self portrait and a multi-figure painting. Using both photographic reference and observational studies with a model you will begin to find ways to construct a painting from disparate sources and to solve problems pictorially.

This course requires some research, writing and presenting. 



17 April – 3 July / 10.00pm – 4.00pm
12 weeks / No half term break

Tutor: Sarah Jane Moon

Course #: WD26

Materials List


● Notebook, Charcoal (willow)
● Apron / painting shirt
● A palette knife (metal, triangular, 1-2 inch blade)
● Palette (flat – wooden / plastic or tear off)
● Brushes (hog / synthetic, range of sizes)
● Low odour thinners, Sansodor
● Dippers with lids and a jam jar for solvent
● Kitchen towel and rags
● Acrylic (optional)

A range of canvas including two large (over 1m square) stretched canvases


● Titanium white
● Lemon yellow
● Cadmium lemon
● Yellow Ochre
● Cadmium red
● Alizarin crimson
● Cerulean blue
● Ultramarine blue
● Ivory Black

Please only bring low odour thinners with you or buy them from school shop. For health and safety reasons we do not allow the use of white spirit or turpentine at Heatherleys. 

Tutor Bio

Sarah Jane Moon is a painter who specialises in portraiture and figurative painting. Her work explores identity, gender and connection to place. Physically, her paintings are large, gestural and suffused with a love of colour, surface and her chosen medium: oil paint.

She has exhibited widely, including with the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. A recipient of the Arts Charitable Trust Award, the Bulldog Bursary for Portraiture, her work has consistently been recognised for its ambition and singularity. It has also been featured in Time Magazine, The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Studio International and other publications.

Moon is based in the UK, although was raised in New Zealand and has lived in Japan, Malaysia and Australia. She has postgraduate qualifications in Art Theory, Curatorial Practice and Portraiture. In the UK, Moon works in London and Sussex and when in New Zealand she paints in the Bay of Plenty.


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