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Portrait Painting Course
taught by award-winning portrait artist, Lee Fether

Lee will run this course in March 2022 which 

teaches participants how to complete a portrait oil painting.

A four session course, over four weeks, which covers sketching portraits in proportion and achieving skin colour in paint. You will also have an opportunity to work from life, a great experience and foundation for future work. 

The course is held at Lee's studio in Greenwich, SE12 on the following dates:


Saturday 5th March 10am-1pm (week one)

Saturday 12th March 10am-1pm (week two)

Saturday 19th March 10am-1pm (week three)

Saturday 26th March 10am-1pm (week four)

You'll benefit from a small class size of four painters.  A tea break with refreshments is provided half-way through each class. Materials are included, paper, charcoal, canvas panel and oil paints (if required).  Fee is £150.


About the Course

Week One 

Getting a portrait to look right, is about getting the proportions right. The size and shape of the head, the position and size of the features, get this right and you a long way to a successful drawing or painting. By examining and drawing a replica human skull, you'll understand what's under the skin, and what makes the head the shape it is. There are guiding rules and tips, which are useful as a starting point, which we will run through.

Week Two
Using the Zorn palette ( just four colours of pure pigment) in this session you will experiment with mixing colours and creating skin tone. Lighting and shadows are really important in a portrait painting, and achieving  a good hue and tone for this is essential.

Week Three 
This week you begin a portrait painting from life, working from a model, you will start by sketching out the head. It is important to start with a good foundation, as this will make achieving a likeness when it comes to painting, much easier.
Lee will be on hand for advice and guidance.

Week Four 
Continuing to work from the model, you will aim to complete the portrait in this session. Lee will be on hand for advice and guidance.

Lee's Paintings

About Lee's Portraits

  • 2009  ‘Gail Porter’ selected for BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

  • 2011  ‘Michael Rosen, Patron of the Little Angel Theatre’ selected for BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery

  • 2011  Self Portrait selected for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition and exhibition, at the Kings Place Gallery

  • 2012  Two portraits selected for Royal society of Portrait Painters' Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries

  • 2013  ‘Michael Rosen, Patron of the Little Angel Theatre’ was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery for their Primary Collection  

  • 2013  Self Portrait selected for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition, and acquired for the Collection

  • 2018 selected as a participant for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year tv programme

  • 2021 Lee continues to do private commissions