Teaching At The London Sketch Club, Chelsea
Throughout his career as a painter, Nick has always taught. He welcomes students of all abilities and ages as he believes you can teach anyone to draw and paint.
His classes are enjoyable and entertaining. Whilst, the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience. The studios are beautiful and historic, the environment friendly and communal.
Nick teaches the time honoured principles of drawing and painting in a clear and logical sequence. He remembers how the London art schools he went to in the evenings while working as a trainee lawyer expected students to learn purely by trial and error. Simply being told the arm is too long or the leg too short is deeply frustrating.
In 1986, Nick discovered Jaoquin Torrents Llado's small private art school in Mallorca which taught him the body of fundamental principles. Llado had studied in the late 1960’s at the Barcelona academy where the teaching methods had continued unchanged since Picasso’s father had been a Professor there. The conservative Franco era preserved the old teaching methods whilst the rest of Europe had abandoned them.
Nick offers his students an overview of the fundamental stages.
- Line and Volume
- Dark and Light
For students wanting to expand into painting portraits and the figure, you can chose to benefit from Nick’s experience of 25 years as a leading portrait painter and war artist. Having co founded Lavender Hill Studios in 2004, Nick decided to set up his own atelier in one of the last remaining Victorian artists’ studios in Chelsea.