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Life Painting for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Life Painting for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Henry Gibbons Guy


A course for young students considering further study within the arts, this is a great opportunity to hone your visual skills and develop new confidence in your abilities. Using acrylic paint for its quick-drying properties, we will paint from the model working through a variety of exercises around tone, colour and composition.

The ideas and methods of great painters, past and present, will be also used as inspiration. Come prepared to think differently about what you see and to leave with some great work for your portfolio.

Topics covered

We will work through a variety of exercises around:

  • mixing and applying colours
  • using a variety of palettes (warm, cool, earth colours and so on)
  • understanding tonal relationships
  • appreciating the importance of composition
  • producing a variety of paintings: small and large scale

By the end of the course students will have practiced and developed a number of painting techniques and approaches. They will have developed an understanding of some key skills required to manipulate acrylic paint. They should have more confidence to paint and will have produced a number of figure paintings which could potentially be used in their portfolios.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for:

  • beginners wishing to develop their painting skills
  • students considering applying for further study
  • those wishing to strengthen their fine art portfolio

Entry requirements: You must be at least 16 and no older than 18 years old.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Tutor Description

Henry Gibbons Guy teaches drawing and painting at The Drawing School and Central Saint Martins and he is an associate lecturer on Central Saint Martins' BA Graphic Design course. He studied BA Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, moved to London for 2 years study at The Prince's Drawing School. Henry worked as The Drawing School's printmaking technician for two years and Lead Tutor on their Young Artists Programme.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • several brushes: at least 2 large and 2 small (sizes 2,4,10,12 called rounds) best to have a variety, some round and some flat
  • 2 jars for water
  • paper towels or a rag
  • large palette or palette pad Best if solid, not floppy
  • spray bottle for water (can be a recycled Windex bottle, for instance)
  • large tubes (at least 59ml) of the following

Acrylic paint colours:
Black, White, Burnt or Raw Umber, Prussian or Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Lemon yellow, a warm bright red, cold red such as crimson. I recommend packs such as Liquitex Heavybody Classic.

*Please do not bring oil paints. You will be taught oil paint techniques using acrylic paint only.

Please note that we will be painting on gessoed paper, card and board but feel free to bring in your own canvases if you can carry them – A2 and A3 size is good.

Available dates

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