Wednesday (Afternoon) x 4 | Painting the Figure | Nicholas Robinson


Wednesday (Afternoon) x 4 | Painting the Figure | Nicholas Robinson


Wednesday Afternoons

2.30pm - 6pm (3.5hrs)

Block 1 : September 4th , 11th, 18th, 25th

Further dates to be released soon.

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This course will be delivered over 4 Wednesday afternoon sessions (each 3.5 hours for a total of 14 hours of painting). The student will be painting the nude in oil, Nicholas will instruct in sketching the nude using limited oil palette.

The course will comprise a step-by-step introduction in figurative painting methods, including demonstrations, individual instruction, theory and direction on how to use materials, and oil paint to describe the proportion, anatomy and gesture of the figure and light-effect in one single pose.

Materials List

The basic materials list is:

• a canvas
(suggested size 40x30cm up to 90x50cm, but it's up to the individual 60x40cm is what I would use)
• Brushes
• Palette
• Palette knife
• Black/ raw umber /red /ochre /white oils
• Sansodor
• A preferred medium.

The detailed materials list is:

• brown baking paper (for storing oil paint)
• Vanish soap (for cleaning brushes)
• Sansodor (odourless solvent)
• Preferred medium (I would use linseed oil)
• Medium cup
• Wooden palette
• Palette knife
• Canvas


Michael Harding/ Old Holland recommended

1. Raw Umber
2. Ultramarine Blue
3. Titanium White
4. Yellow ochre or Old Holland Yellow Ochre Light
5. Cadmium red
6. Transparent Red Oxide
7. Alizarin Crimson
8. Ivory black


A range of about 10+ flat and filbert brushes in different sizes. From Evans art shop I suggest:
• Winton Flats 1 to 4
• Winton Filberts 1 to 8
• Winton Short Flat Brights 2 to 8
• Richard Oliver Flat Hogs 0 to 4
• Richard Oliver Hog Filberts 1 to 6 Also the Mr. Price Royal & Langnickel brushes are fine.
Get 2 packets of those and you’re away in a hack. (Pictured)
Plumb line (a 60-70cm piece of thin string or thread with a small fishing weight attached to one end but I will bring these)
• hand mirror
• black mirror (a piece of Lacobel black glass available from the glazier)

About Nicholas


Born and brought up in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, as a post-graduate I attended the Florence Academy of Art in Sweden under Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson. During my 3 years there I received two drawing awards before graduating, returning to Ireland in 2014. I graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork with a BA in 2001, from Assumption University, Bangkok with an MEd in 2008 and from NCAD, Dublin with a Higher Diploma in Education in 2009.

I work out of my studio in county Wicklow drawing and painting from life my own artwork and commissions also. I exhibit nationally and abroad and teach in various studios and ateliers in Ireland.


  • Människans Form, Signal Art Centre, Co. Wicklow, Feb 2019

  • Zurich Portrait Prize National Gallery of Ireland, October 2018 - Jan 2019

  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition 2018 Mall Galleries, London, May 2018

  • Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017 National Gallery of Ireland, December 2018

  • RHA Annual Exhibition Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, May - August 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 136th Annual Exhibition Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, October 2017 - January 2018

  • Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 135th Annual Exhibition Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast,
    October - January 2017

  • Winter Show 2015 Gormley’s Fine Art, Dublin, Oct - Jan 2016

  • 2015 AIB Éigse Open Submission Visual Centre, Carlow, May - August 2015

  • Spring Show 2013 Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin, May 2013

  • Open Exhibition 2013 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, April - June 2013

  • Positions, Wandesford Gallery, Cork, January 2012


Shortlisted Zurich Portrait Prize National Gallery of Ireland, October 2018 - Jan 2019

Shortlisted Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017 National Gallery of Ireland, December 2018

3rd place in Portraiture 13th Annual ARC Salon 2018, USA

Finalist 12th Annual ARC Salon 2017, USA

Winner FAA Best Portrait Drawing 2012-2013, Sweden

Winner FAA Best Drawing of the Intensive Drawing Programme, Sweden, 2010-2011