Draw and paint: the contemporary nude
Dates: Tuesday 14 August – Friday 17 August
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue:  The Fine Art Room – Northfields (see below for venue info) + Central London
No of sessions: 4
No. of students:
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella

Course fees:
Standard fee:  £185*

 Instalment payments are available – please get in touch to discuss this further. See our terms and conditions before booking or get in touch with any questions you may have.

* Course fee doesn’t include entrance to All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain or travel on research day. See ticket prices

Enjoy new ways of life drawing, life painting and responding to the human body on our new 4 day workshop which includes a research day and 3 days in the studio.  Working with a nude model, discover different techniques in a series of short and long practical exercises.

Whether your life drawing and painting is stuck in a rut or you want to try something new, be inspired by different approaches to working with the nude. Taking line, tone, colour, form, flesh and anatomy as starting points we will look at different ways of portraying the figure in a space, working with both figurative and abstract styles.

We will also look at how classic and modern artists have depicted the human body, with opportunities for you to experiment and develop your own personal response.

The course begins with a full research trip in Central London. We will visit the All Too Human exhibition at Tate Britain where we will consider work by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Euan UglowWalter SickertJenny Saville and more, before looking at other examples of the drawn and painted nude at Tate Britain and other galleries. We will then enjoy 3 full days in the studio where we will complete a number of short exercises before settling into longer drawing and painting sessions.

Don’t have much life drawing experience?The course is a great introduction to life drawing in that it gives you a chance to explore a more open, experimental way of depicting the body – a great way for you to experience life drawing outside the more classical / academic way of drawing the body – although we will cover some basics as part of the course.


Course level: beginners – advanced – some drawing and painting experience essential. Get in touch if you’re not sure of your level / suitability.

VenueThe Fine Art Room – Northfields + Central London venues

Your studio sessions take place at Northfields Community Centre.
Northfields Community Centre is located at 71A Northcroft Rd, London, W13 9SS.

The centre is approximately 5 minutes walk from Northfields Tube station (Piccadilly Line). Local bus routes: E2 or E3.  There are a few parking spaces available at the centre but these cannot be reserved / guaranteed.  Parking restrictions are in place close to the Centre but free parking is available in streets a short distance away. See map

Our research day begins at the Tate Britain in Pimlico where we will visit the All Too  Human exhibition. We will then spend time in the gallery before having lunch and going on to another gallery / galleries in the afternoon.

Course materials:  basic materials provided.

Your course tutor: Mario Lautier Vella is a qualified teacher and professional artist.  The founder and director of The Fine Art Room, Mario has enjoyed teaching for a nearly a decade, working with adults at a number of venues and events including City Lit, The Affordable Art Fair and Watford Museum.

He continues to run popular weekly art sessions in Ealing, across London and abroad, helping artists of all levels develop their thinking and skills further.  His work can be found in collections across the UK, Malta, North America, Canada and Australia.

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