Image:  Claude Monet – The Beach at Trouville (1870).  Oil on canvas

Inspired by: Impressionism
Dates: Monday 5 August + Thursday 8 August
Time: Monday – 10:00-19:00 / Thursday 13:00-16:00
Venue:  The Courtauld + The National Gallery +  The Fine Art Room – Northfields (see below for venue info)
No of sessions: 2
No. of students:
Tutor: Mario Lautier-Vella

Course fee: £85

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionism exhibition that took place in Paris in April 1874. The exhibition marked a radical departure from artistic conventions of the time and paved the way for major changes in Western art as artists explored different ways of making art away from the more traditional taste of the Paris Salon…

Image: Camille Pissarro – The Boulevard Montmartre at Night (1897). Oil on canvas

This new workshop will introduce you to Impressionism – the key artists including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Morisot, Degas and Cezanne, their influences and what we can explore from Impressionistic working methods – how our brushwork, compositions and use of colour can take our artwork into interesting directions…

Our workshop begins at a Central London cafe for an intro talk on Impressionism that will introduce you to key concepts and artists’ approaches. We will then experience Impressionist masterpieces first-hand during a part-guided tour and research trip in the National Gallery where you will also be asked to complete a practical exercise.

We will then walk to our lunch venue (The Cafe in the Crypt cafe in Trafalgar Square) where you will also be given a drawing exercise to complete. After lunch, we will walk up the Strand to the Courtauld Gallery (approximately 15 minutes away) to view their collection of Impressionist masterpieces.

We will then complete another drawing exercise before getting the Tube back to our studio space in Ealing where we’ll put Impressionist theory into practice through a series of painting exercises centred on our research and studies.

The following session on Thursday afternoon is devoted to painting where you’ll be able to put everything we’ve covered on the workshop into practice, with an opportunity to paint outdoors (weather permitting) or a subject of your choice.


Course level: intermediate / advanced – some drawing and painting experience essential. Get in touch if you’re not sure of your level / suitability. Please note, due to venue restrictions, we can only paint using acrylic or watercolour. Oils are not permitted.

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

A course itinerary will be sent to you once you’ve enrolled on the course.

Course materials:  A materials list will be sent to you upon booking. Paper will be 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, the Netherlands, North America, Canada and Australia.

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