Thursdays 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00.

Classes are taught by Martin Kerrison.

27/02 - 2/04

Group tuition and Individual attention will be given to all students.

Single class cost  £30. 

The theme for this term is ‘Artist and Model’.

Life Drawing and Painting, once the staple diet of students at

academies across the western world is being rediscovered as a

method of learning from observation and connecting with art of both

the past and present.


This course will build your confidence and skill in drawing and painting

the human form from observation. We will discuss the fascination of  

representing the figure in art and explore why it is still so important today.

The classes aim to offer a wide range of experiences with a number of

physically varied models, for both short and long poses, ranging from

5 minutes to 3 weeks.

The Life Drawing and Painting class offers a journey of discovery for the beginner and experienced artist alike. Fundamental skills for successful draughtsmanship, colour theory, painting techniques and the use of mediums, glazes, grounds, supports, brushes and palette knives are explored afresh each term with a thematic approach that engages with a wide range of historical and contemporary artists. This is supported by a gallery visit to a relevant collection or current exhibition.

Within this framework, students are able to develop at their own pace, progressively pursuing their own artistic ‘voice’ and interests as knowledge and confidence grow. Teaching is flexible to the needs of the individual and involves both group and one to one tuition, with as much or little tutorial input as desired.

These courses are taught by Martin Kerrison and suitable for both beginners and more experienced students.


Summer Term:  ‘Mood and Material’

Course dates: 23/04 - 23/07

Half term 21/05 - 31/05


Students responding to recording colour from observation and Fauvist use of complementary colour.     Autumn 2019.


"...Martin is an excellent teacher and I feel I have learnt a lot during the classes.  It’s also been interesting learning about different artists and themes ..We were taught the very basics at the start of the course which was very helpful when it came to drawing... "

Carole, Thursday afternoon class.

I started art classes 3 months ago as a complete novice.  There are students with varying degrees of skills, and Martin explains each lesson carefully to draw or paint the life model. I never realised that there are so many styles of painting, which is an education in itself, and the lessons are so much fun that time flies.  I really like Martin's encouragement, and his ability to find positive things in my work. He also has extensive academic knowledge, and takes us on gallery visits which I also enjoy.  


Ray, Thursday mornings.


"Martin runs an absorbing, informative and thoroughly engaging life painting course. Martin is sensitive to all levels of ability and also gives advice and help on an individual basis whenever asked. Martin is adaptive and responsive and provides a good clear level of instruction and information, often with practical demonstration as necessary. The classes fly by and are a real pleasure."      


 Sarah, Thursday afternoon class.

Martin Kerrison, M.A.


Martin Kerrison is a figurative artist specialising in magical realism. Apocalyptic fairgrounds and flying dodgem cars depict a surreal and very contemporary satire at the interface between personal narrative and social commentary. He exhibits regularly in and around London.

He graduated from the University of Northumbria with a honours degree in Fine Art (Painting), where his work exploring the human condition was inextricably linked to life drawing and painting with bathroom scenes presenting psychological dramas where the body was encountered through presence or absence.


Martin completed a PGCE in Art and German at Westminster College Oxford and an MA in the History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, graduating with distinction.


"...I would recommend Richmond School of Painting for several reasons. I am finally learning how to draw and paint properly, despite always being afraid of oils and commit my pencial and brush to paper. As we go along I also learn about the artists I want to know more about and see how I can incorporate some of their techniques and ideas into my work. The tuition is both hands on and subtle - you can ask as much as you like, or you can wait till the end of the class for a commentary; but detailed or short, you always understand the comments and criticism. I look forward to my painting class. It's a lot of fun, even if I take my work seriously. I like the 'hall' environment they have created and the people who attend the classes. Plus you get free tea and chocolate biscuits. Excellent."

Harry, Thursday afternoon class.