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Painting The Nude

Painting The Nude

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alice White


You will explore painting techniques to enhance your awareness of the emotional power of colour. Through the handling of paint, you can increase the expressive content of your work. You will be encouraged to complete many canvases in oil or acrylic. Reference to the work of other artists will enable you to consider a variety of historical and contemporary approaches used for painting the nude, which can inform your practice.

Topics covered

We will explore how to apply colour, texture and layers.

You will also use shape and tone to explore composition possibilities.


The course is an opportunity for you to:

  • produce many canvases in oil or acrylic
  • practice a range of key technical skills
  • explore different approaches to painting a nude model
  • have more confidence to produce more sustained paintings

You should also be able to apply the principles that you learn in this course to other subjects such as still life and landscape painting

Who should do this course?

The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced students who wish to practice and improve their painting skills using a nude model.



Entry requirements


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

Tutor Description

Alice White is a professional oil painter based in London. She has many years of experience teaching painting at Central Saint Martins. Courses that she teaches include Beginners Painting, Painting the Nude, Still Life and Contemporary Oil Painting.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Odourless mineral spirit: Sansodor, Shellsoll T or Zest-IT (Turpentine is NOT allowed)
  • 2 canvases of approximately 30 x 36 inches
  • Tubes of oil paints OR Acrylic paints: Titanium white and Zinc white - Lemon yellow, Cadmium yellow and Indian Yellow - Cadmium red and Alizarin Crimson - Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt blue - Viridian Green - Windsor Violet- Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and Yellow ochre
  • A range of painting brushes: short, flats, bristle, all in different sizes. Please make sure you have a couple of large, medium and small ones. They should be appropriate to the medium of your choice: oil or acrylics.
  • Lots of rags and kitchen rolls
  • 1 x A2 size pad of Canvas Paper suitable for oil painting
  • Palette knife
  • Linseed oil
  • Liquin (speeds up drying time)
  • Roll of cling film.

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