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29 Southern Road
Bournemouth, England, BH6 3SR
United Kingdom


Classical Art Academy run Drawing and Oil Painting Classes Courses Workshops and Painting Holidays from their studio in Bournemouth, Dorset.  Art courses, classes and workshops in Drawing and Oil Painting for all ability levels and ages.


Portrait & Figurative • Art School • Drawing & Oil Painting • Painting Holidays • Art Breaks

Portraiture & Figurative


Portraiture and figurative painting is often considered one of the most difficult, portraiture in particular, but just like everything else it is easy when you know how! Drawing and painting from a life model is a really key part of the Atelier method and curriculum. Whilst not compulsory, it is a huge advantage for students interested in portraiture to complete the drawing module and the first painting module before joining a portraiture class. Ideally, take a portrait class alongside the painting modules. 

This class is for all levels, complete beginners and experienced artists. This ten week course provides you with a series of model studies. These are a mixture of one, two and three day model studies with a mixture of models over the term. Each class is three hours long and there are only six spaces in each class. These small groups, enable lots of support and time for demonstrations. You will be shown how to use classical imprimatura and alla prima painting techniques, proportional accuracy, how to capture likeness, colour mixing and the subtle use of tonal values. All of which support you to paint portraiture representationally.

Current options

  • Atelier Painting Module With Model Class Included:
    This class is on a Friday and includes up to five model days as part of the curriculum. This costs £660 

  • Portrait Evening Three Hour Class With Model Included: £330 

If you are not free on a Friday, you can also take a half day class at any other session and add the Wednesday evening portrait class, the cost would also be £660. 

If you would like to study a full atelier day and add a portrait model class (either Wednesday evening or equivalent on Fridays) you will receive a 20% discount off the model class bringing the total cost to £865 

Classical Art Academy Portraiture Masterclass

Portrait Masterclasses 

We are extremely proud to say we have a number of award winning portrait artists that provide masterclasses. These classes are designed to deepen and fine tune your skills and therefor require you to have some experience in oil painting and portraiture. For more information on these individual short courses, click the link below.