July | Two x Three Day | Academic Figure Drawing & Painting Summer School | Nicholas Robinson


July | Two x Three Day | Academic Figure Drawing & Painting Summer School | Nicholas Robinson

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Academic Figure Drawing
Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th July
10.30 -4.30pm (15hrs)

Academic Figure Painting
Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th July
10.30-4.30pm. (15 hours)

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About this Academic Drawing & Painting Summer School

Learning to draw and paint the figure are fundamental practices in all areas of figurative art.

Working in the academic style is designed to build the artist’s visual understanding of three-dimensional form and develop accurate drawing and painting.

In the first week of the course participants draw the figure in charcoal or pencil, an exercise which eliminates the challenge of considering colour and concentrates on accurate drawing, describing anatomical form and observation and creating an impression of dark and light.

The second week builds on the drawing work, introducing painting using a limited palette to describe the effect of light on the figure as well as the colour in the human body. Discussions and critiques can include painting technique, tools, mediums and materials, academic art history, and human anatomy.

The instruction throughout is based on the ‘sight-size’ technique which uses the viewing position of the viewer in relation to the subject and his/her paper or canvas to develop a high degree of accuracy. Anyone with an interest or with experience in drawing and painting the figure is welcome.

Participants may attend the workshop for either of the weeks or both weeks.

Academic Figure Drawing runs Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th July, 10.30-4.30pm. (15 hours)
Academic Figure Painting runs Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th July, 10.30-4.30pm. (15 hours)

Meet Nick


Nicholas Robinson was studio assistant at the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden for 2 years
winning 2 awards whilst training there and has since been an Art Renewal Center (ARC) finalist
and prize-winner and a Hennessy Portrait Prize nominee.He had previously graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Thoroughly disillusioned by art education in Ireland, Nicholas searched elsewhere and was introduced to the American ateliers in Florence, in which students study exclusively from life, by the Irish painter Gearoid Hayes.

Subsequently Nicholas quit his teaching career and attended the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden under the tutelage of the Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson.

Nicholas received a pair of drawing awards during his time at the school in Sweden and returned to Ireland in 2013. He is now exhibiting nationally, and works and teaches out of in his studio in Dublin city-centre.

For more information please see Nick’s website nicholasbenedictrobinson.com


Basic Materials:

• 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 (Linseed oil for example)

Further Materials (useful but non-essential):

• brown baking paper (for storing oil paint)
• Vanish soap (for cleaning brushes)
• Medium cup
• Wooden palette


(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)