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Painting The Figure

Painting The Figure

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Roger Gill


In this intensive one-week course you will explore different contemporary approaches to painting the figure and complete two paintings using either oil or acrylics.You will have the opportunity to learn how to produce strong, vibrant, assertive figures in a contemporary style. We will explore ways of creating transparent, delicate skin tones, as well as more opaque ‘alla prima’ (wet-on-wet) painting.

You will be introduced to the use of glazes and coloured grounds and practice how to control colour through the use of limited palettes and colour mixing. During the course we will also refer to the work of other artists, their styles and approaches.

Topics covered

  • Observational drawing using line and tone
  • Selected palettes
  • Paint application and layering techniques
  • Painting composition
  • Exploring contemporary colours


Beginners and more advanced students are welcome. Students will receive individual advice and will be allowed to work on their paintings at their own pace and according to their interests and the styles that they want to develop.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone interested in painting as a leisure pursuit
  • Undergraduate fine art students wanting to develop their painting skills
  • Students wishing to strengthen their skills and portfolio for application for further studies
Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.

To view Roger's work see


Please bring with you to the first session:    

  • A few sheets of A1 cartridge paper (130-250gsm) primed with acrylic primer OR oil painting paper   
  • Charcoal    
  • A few light coloured pastels  
  • 2 canvases approx 30 x 36 inches   
  • Tubes of oil paints OR Acrylic paints (17 colours): Titanium white and Zinc white - Naples Yellow, Cadmium yellow and Indian Yellow - Cadmium red and Alizarin Crimson - Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt blue - Viridian Green - Violet- Raw Umber, Burnet Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and Yellow ochre     
  • Oil painting brushes: Short, flats, bristle (a sensible range of sizes). Please make sure you have a couple of large, medium and small ones    
  • Lots of rags and tissues    
  • Jars with lids    
  • Palette knife    
  • Turps 'sans odor' (Turpintine)   
  • Linseed oil    
  • Liquin (speeds up drying time)  
  • Roll of greaseproof paper for palette, or a piece of flat white melamine about 14 x 12 inches

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.