“I learned more in one week with Tod, than I learned in my entire two years of my A level course at school.”
Eleanor Hearder


“Sir William Nicholson - a fine artist - told me often that it was easy to put on the paint if you know where to put it.”
Sir Alfred Munnings PRA (1878-1959)


“Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.” Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)


“Even an abstract form has to have a likeness.” Willem De Kooning (1904-1997)

Courses 2018

The Portfolio Course - a five week diploma level course for those wanting to acquire an artistic competence or intending to enter an Arts career

Wednesday 27th of June to Wednesday 1st of August 2018

Students in the gardenOur unique compressed long course. The Portfolio Course is five weeks of drawing all subjects in different media and painting these subjects in oils. It includes: colour and pigment theory; technical advice; preparation of drawing and painting media; observational drawing and painting from life. Subjects include: landscape, the nude, portraits, interiors, animals and still life.

The course enables the creation of a portfolio for entry into art school and provides a foundation in techniques that are not widely taught these days. It gives an excellent grounding in all aspects of painting and drawing to novices, amateurs and professionals. Many of the students who have attended this course and received our diploma have become professional artists.

This specialist “crammer” portfolio course is a full course to a Diploma level. Designed particularly for those who are preparing for art school or wishing to acquire a competence in all aspects of painting and drawing. In its condensed form, the course, with the total commitment on the part of the student combined with our teaching ethos will provide a way of preparing a portfolio for entry to any art establishment. This is equivalent in teaching time as attending one year at art school in the UK or America, for a third of the price.


£5,000 per student with own room and bathroom
£4,800 per student with shared bathroom

The price includes

  1. over 35 hours of tuition per week
  2. evening classes
  3. studio use
  4. accommodation
  5. all meals and wine

The price does not include materials, flights or journey to and from the airport to Aubais.