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Portrait Painting Summer School

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA - 4 Day
Portrait Painting School

Join us in the studios of Gray's School of Art to concentrate on 4 days of portrait painting.

You will have an opportunity to gain tuition and experience in the subject from a successful portraitist artist. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

4 days
Monday - Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm

Working directly from a professional model in the studio, an experience tutor will be on hand to encourage you to enhance your:

  • Observational study of the sitter
  • Compositional arrangement
  • Paint application skills
  • Tonal appreciation
  • Colour mixing techniques

Advice on the use of particular painting materials will be given on an individual basis. Instruction will be specific to the chosen medium.

You will be encouraged to share your study of portraiture to the group, exchange ideas, as well as critique your practice and creative investigations during the course.

A life model is provided during the course along with some basic sketching materials/paper supports.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 


Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support


This course is tailored to the individual. It is open to participants wishing to revisit or maintain their painting practice or beginners seeking advice and improvement. 

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of this course.


Course fee: £365

Materials & Equipment

You must provide drawing OR painting materials of your choice.

Drawing: e.g. rubber, pencil or charcoal, pastels, chalks.

Painting: painting medium of choice, e.g. gouache, acrylics, or oils, a selection of brushes, palette or mixing tray, jars or tubs for holding media and cleaning brushes, rags for cleaning.

Drawing or Painting: support (paper, card, canvas board or canvas, size variable around A3)

If using oil: please use a solvent substitute such as Sansador or Zest-it. No turpentine or white spirit will be permitted.

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided. A life model is provided during the course along with some basic sketching materials/paper supports.


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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