Explore our portrait painting in oils course and use the medium of oil paints while learning how to paint people. This portrait painting course in Brighton will show you how this versatile medium works by trying out different techniques like ‘alla prima’, painting in one go and applying transparent glazes.

By the end of this course, you will also be able to develop your skills in colour mixing and using palette knives.

This painting course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

The course cost includes a fee for the life model.

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DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Friday

TIME:  1pm – 3pm


Summer: 24 April 2020 – 10 July 2020 (Bank Holiday 8 May, half term 29 May)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: £145 Full Fee / £95 Concessions

Please note that concessions are not available online.
Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.


This course aims to:
Give students the confidence to paint faces and put heads on bodies.
Gain experience of oil painting techniques as applied to portraiture.

Who this course is for?
Beginners and those with some experience.

What will I be able to do by the end of this course?
• Have the confidence in painting portraits.
• Have a range of different drawing and painting techniques to call on.
• How to layer up skin tones with oil paints.
• Enjoy a new hobby.
• Learn new techniques in different media.

What materials will I need for the course?
Charcoal and oil painting paper which can be supplied at cost.
Oil paint set (£15) and a set of oil painting brushes. Lukas is a good basic set, or Georgian.
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Roughly how much will they cost?

How will I know I am making progress?
Feedback from the tutor and other students.

Is there any extra study outside the class?
Occasional homework.

Who is the course tutor?
Lucy Parker is a professional artist and has been teaching for 26 years. You can see her work on her website www.lbparker.com

What next?
Further art courses at Friends Centre
Join an art group such as the Dupont group that meet in Hove on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Friday 24 April 2020 - Friday 10 July 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sessions: 10

Full price: £145
Concession rate (if available): £95
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Ivory Place


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