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 informative and entertaining. Whilst, the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience. The studio is 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. 

These are:

  1. Proportion

  2. Line and Volume

  3. Dark and Light

  4. Colour

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. 

Each session will be two hours. Pricing is structured for a term of 10 sessions and you can choose whether to join the afternoon or evening classes at the time of booking. 

Autumn Term Dates

11th September - 21st November

Half term - (two weeks) 9th- 16th October

Ashbrooke House Drawing and Painting Long Weekend - 16 - 20th October

Hampshire Self Portrait Short Course - 15 - 17th November

Tuesdays 4.00-6.00pm Life Drawing at Nick’s studio in Battersea, this is drop in but booking a couple of days in advance is essential.

Ten Week Courses
Wednesdays 6.00 – 8.00pm


Thursdays 4.30pm 6.30pm

Still Life and Portraiture 

 Nick has constructed both the Wednesday and Thursday classes so that beginners doing still life and students doing portraiture can be taught side by side at the same time. Throughout Nick repeats the fundamental principles.

Beginners will focus on the still life learning the fundamental principles from the beginning as though they had never drawn a line in their lives. Alongside, the more advanced students can work from a life model to develop their portraiture and life drawing skills.

The classes will be held at The London Sketch Club on Dilke St, Chelsea. www.londonsketchclub.com 

Maximum number of students per session: 12

Price: £500.00 per term (ten sessions, two hours per session).

Private Tuition

  • Private tuition, one to one (£130 per person per hour)

  • One off one to one(£130 per person per hour)

  • Weekend sessions can be organised (price will depend on number of students)

The London Sketch Club

The London Sketch Club is a beautiful Victorian artists’ studios. This historic life room has accommodated artists for over 100 years and comprises a large and characterful studio with high ceilings and large north-facing windows providing natural light to work from. Not far from some of London’s most well-known galleries including the Saatchi Gallery, Tate Britain and the V&A, the studios are a 12 minute walk from Sloane Square Tube station.


The studios are located on the 1st floor, up one flight of stairs, there is no lift in the building so this venue is not suitable for wheelchair users. Please contact us directly before booking if you would like to discuss mobility access.