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Portrait Painting in Oils – Advanced


8 January – 18 March / 10.00am – 4.00pm
11 Mondays / No half term break

Tutors: Carl Randall and Fred Crayk

Course #: MN27

places available


Portrait Painting in Oils – Advanced

This is a fantastic opportunity to be taught by two established figurative and portrait painters, Carl Randall and Fred Crayk.

Each artist leads six sessions in which they introduce you to their own approach to creating a painting. This course is suitable for those who already have some previous experience in this subject.

Please see the drop down menu for more information on what to expect with each tutor.


15 April – 1 July / 10.00pm – 4.00pm
10 weeks / No half term break
(Closed bank holidays: 6 and 27 May)

Tutors: Carl Randall and Fred Crayk

Course #: MN27

Materials List

Materials List

  • Low odour solvent (eg sansodor/shelsol)
  • Rags/ paper towels
  • Apron/protective clothing
  • Please bring your own choice of drawing and painting materials with you.

There is a small school shop where you can buy paper and canvas and a limited selection of drawing and painting materials.

Please only bring low odour thinners (eg Winsor & Newton Sansodor). You can buy this from the school shop. For health & safety reasons we do not allow the use of white spirit or turpentine at Heatherleys.


Classes with Carl Randall

In these classes you’ll learn techniques based on the Old Masters.

Lessons are designed in a structured and sequential manner. This will enable you to successfully paint a portrait with a convincing sense of form and three dimensions.

Disciplines are divided into individual projects, such as looking separately at shape, tone, colour and paint application. Often using the traditional techniques of grisaille and glazing.

One or two lessons towards the end may be geared to more contemporary and looser approaches to portraiture.

As projects are structured in a sequential manner it’s advisable that all lessons are attended, wherever possible. If lessons are missed, your tutor will offer alternatives. Please be aware that this will result in a different learning experience and outcome to students attending all lessons.


Classes with Fred Crayk

In these classes you’ll be introduced to an organic, loose and more speculative approach to portrait painting, based on brush work and ‘touch’.

The structure of these lessons is flexible with the intention of accommodating the instability and ambiguity which occurs during the process of observation of visual information.

You’ll be offered the opportunity explore self-expression in the context of the portrait genre. The question of tonal nuance and temperature is paramount and you’ll be encouraged to assess these subtle elements in an expressive way.

The issue of ‘likeness’ will also be examined and related to the constantly, often subtle, changing appearance of the model.


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