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Hampstead school of art 
020 7794 1439

This course at Hampstead school of art is ideal for all students at all levels from beginner to advanced. The course is given by Gianlucca Rotelli. We will use the reference book Drawing Course by Charles  Bargue and Die Gestalt Des Menschen from Gottfried Bammes .

On this course the students will receive instruction in the ‘Sight-Size’ method of drawing. Each student will be trained to draw from simple to highly complex images. . In addition, we will focus on anatomical drawing with an emphasis on human physiognomy. This will include a detailed study of  the human skull; the structure of the eyes; the nose; the mouth and ears. They will study and analyse as well as execute detailed copies of Bargue's drawings in order to develop in-depth techniques as regards  composition, line, perspective, and shading. During the course, the students will also learn how to use the plumb-line and they will be able to correctly judge  all measurements, including heights, widths, negative spaces, and halftones.

The study of anatomy for  students of drawing is absolutely fundamental. It enables the artist  to be able to observe the exterior of the subject or model while also understanding and reacting to the anatomical realities below the surface. Students will learn to imagine and see the muscles below the skin, the skeleton below the muscles. Students will learn to employ the simplification of the planes in life-drawing.  This is one of the best ways to learn how to visually build the human-body with our anatomical knowledge. During the course , we will study the muscles in connections with the skeleton with a particular concentration on the skull. 

Drawing well makes the artist free to express themselves in a figurative style. Drawing is the most essential building block and primary skill to create a consistent structure for the artist. This course is a prerequisite for oil painting and by the end of the course students will be able to draw a portrait properly and with confidence.

During the lessons the students  will learn the process of how to correctly prepare the canvas to support oil colours and special varnishes. The techniques used come from the great classical masters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio. The main point of the course is how to create high-quality professional and beautiful oil pigments using only natural materials. This process is actually very old and has been in use for many centuries. The fundamentals of drawing will help the student to discover how to make classical paintings. Students will also be able to mix natural pigments themselves having completed the course.

Techniques in Portraiture

We will explore the fascination and particular challenge of portraiture through drawing and oil painting from a model. There will be a focus on techniques from drawing through to finding tone and colour, covering the handling and application of paint. Focussing on anatomical drawing we will include a detailed study of the human skull, the structure of the eyes, the nose, the mouth and ears. Poses will be held over several weeks and individual approaches will be discovered and encouraged. 

Time: Tue 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tutor: Gianluca Rotelli

Duration: 12 Weeks

Techniques in Portraiture 

Discover traditional techniques of portraiture and secrets of the masters of glazes and effects. Students will also study oil colours, tones, shadows, shapes, light, drawing, proportions.

The course is open to all levels.

Tuesday 2:00pm – 5:00 pm

Duration: 12 Weeks

Techniques in Portraiture

Students will address three critical aspects in this course: drawing, proportions and oil technique.
They will also study colours, tones, shadows, and shapes of light.
The course is open to all levels.


Duration: 12 Weeks

The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RN
To book the courses call: 020 7351 4190

**NEW** How to Progress Further in Portraiture

Monday 6.30 pm -9.00 pm

During the course, students will do two paintings with two different models.

The models will pose the same pose for six weeks. 

During the study, the students will face the main problems of oil painting: drawing, proportions, composition, colours, halftones.

In addition, students will be able to make paintings and take as reference artists such as Rembrandt, Manet and Sargent as an example and develop their artistic style. The structure of the face is essential for understanding the masses and volumes, light and shadow.

The student will also learn how to draw and paint anatomical aspects of the face such: as eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

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Anatomy for Artists 

Tuesdays 6.30 pm 9.00


A course for all levels of drawing ability that will enable you to apply the knowledge of human anatomy to depicting the human figure. You will discover ways of understanding and responding to anatomical information and also interpret the surface of the human form using planes. This course will be important for those who wish to paint the human form and will enable you to combine your observational skills with necessary anatomical knowledge

How to Paint a Portrait

Thursdays 6.30 pm-9.00 pm


The course is made up of two long projects.
The first will last six weeks with the same model, and the second will last six weeks with a different model.
Drawing, proportions, volumes, structure of the eyes, nose, mouth and ears are the basis of the course.
The shape of the shadows, the technique of applying colour patches and direct painting, wet on wet, are the main emphases in this course.
To understand the difference between tones and colours, the student will paint the first project in monochrome and then apply colour on top of it.
The second project will start directly on canvas by drawing with oil colours.
After putting the relevant parts of the drawing in place, the student will learn how to mix colours to figure out the correct skin tone.
Topics such as canvas, colour mediums and brushes will be part of the course.

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To book the courses call: 020 7351 4190
The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RN




The Alchemy of Oil Painting

Friday 10am - 4pm


The course analyses three essential aspects of traditional painting, by copying a picture by an old master of a classical subject, by painting still life, and by a study from life of the posed life model over four weeks. The course emphasises structured painting techniques, through the use of mediums, glazing, the specific qualities of oil colours and the importance of preparing the canvas correctly.


I provide specialized consultations for portraits, where I will highlight issues related to the drawing and color of a portrait, often challenging to identify. Artistic consultations will be conducted online at a cost of £100 per hour and £200 if in-person presence is requested. In this case, I will come directly to your home to examine the painting in person and correct any proportion errors. It's essential to note that the consultation is strictly verbal.

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