portrait painting of a man

'The Expressive Portrait' 1-day painting workshop with Tim Benson

This intense one-day workshop will focus on using quick and bold marks with thick paint to create expressive portraits in oil. Working directly from the model, we will begin with a number of oil sketches in the morning, and continue with a larger painting in the afternoon. The day will conclude with a plenary session.

About your tutor: Tim Benson is a painter of portraits. In 2011 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and in 2018 a member of the New English Art Club. He has taught at both Heatherley's and Hampstead School of Art. In 2017 he was awarded The Darlington Crystal Chalice for outstanding service and contribution to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, He is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries.


Heatherley's School of Art
75 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 ORN


£60.00 (+ booking fee) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please email stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

Dates & times

Saturday 23 March 2019

10:30 – 16:00 GMT


Please bring your own painting materials, try to include as much of the following as you can:

  • Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, and Titanium White. [200ml+ tubes recommended]
  • A range of hog hair brushes to include 1 - 2 ins wide
  • At least 2 primed boards or canvasses [12 ins x 10 ins], 1 primed board or canvas [approx 22ins x 26 ins]
  • Painting palette
  • Palette knife, rags/tissues
  • Thinners: ZestIt or equivalent as White Spirit is not allowed

There is a materials shop on site if required.

There are tea and coffee making facilities on site and cafes nearby - but you might want to bring a packed lunch.

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