Distance Learning

Thursdays,23/04- 02/07, 10:00-15:00 (with an hour break) 

During the period of social-distancing the Thursday Life Painting Class will transition to a Figurative Painting Class (via distance learning) for the Summer Term 2020 after a popular and successful trial run during the last weeks of the Spring Term.


These drawing and painting classes, with a focus on the clothed figure in art, offer the chance to participate in a creative and educational activity as part of a social group.

The classes cater both for beginners and experienced alike.

The theme for this term is ‘The Home Studio’. Discover exciting art and processes, looking at how a variety of artists have interpreted the figure. Mix and control paints, colours, textures and mediums learning from contemporary and historical figurative painting.

Each week, or at the start of a two week or longer project, students will be provided with a pdf of learning resources and sessions themselves will be delivered in real-time via What's App and where possible, video via Hangouts Meet.

Students are encouraged to share their learning and will receive feedback on their work. Anyone not wishing to take part in these ‘real-time’ interactive sessions may participate, receiving resources and tuition via email.

New students will have the opportunity to attend a trial class. Sessions will run on Thursdays from 10-3pm, with an hour break for lunch from 12-1pm.

Fee for 12 classes- £120.


"...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.