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Portrait Painting Workshop with Luke Thompson

Join us for a workshop designed to provide you with an introduction to portrait painting, completed from a reference image with tuition and guidance along the way.

Over the course of the day, you will learn to complete a portrait painting through the development of your observational drawing skills, your painting technique, and your understanding of colour and colour mixing.

This workshop will place a focus on the understanding of light and shadow, proportion, and form, bringing our own individual expression along the way. While artist, Luke Thompson guilds you through the philosophy of seeing as an artist and understanding the main fundamentals of portraiture through paint.

Luke Thompson is representational painter, predominantly working with portraits, the figure, and still life. He works with traditional methods of oil painting and charcoal drawing and look to capture the narrative of nature as it is seen and experienced with a focus on light, shadow and form.

We are super excited to welcome Luke to Left Bank for the first time to host his workshop within our beautiful building.

You can find out more about Luke's work at

This workshop will be a day at Left Bank from 10am-3:30pm and workshop materials will be provided for the session, including canvas, brushes, acrylic paints. If you do already have some materials or paints, you'd like to use you are more than welcome to bring them along.

We will be providing an A2 canvas board for everyone, however, should you like to bring along a canvas to work on that is fine! Only Acrylic paints will be provided for the session. If you would like to explore Oil Paints, you are welcome to bring these along to use. Please see the list of paint colours below:

Ivory BlackBurnt UmberRaw UmberUltramarine BlueCadmium RedYellow OchreCadmium YellowTitanium WhiteOdourless Mineral Spirit (for Oil only)Other Materials that will be provided, but that you are welcome to bring with you:

Wooden Palette or disposable palettePalette KnifeCanvas (no larger than 50cmx40cm, no smaller than A3)Large wash brush for toning canvasSelection of Brushes (hog hair and soft synthetic, variety of large, medium and small sizes)

The café bar will be open all day for lunch, snacks and drinks and there will be plenty of breaks.Tickets cost £57 for this workshop. If you would really like to come but are unable to pay for it, please contact to apply for an assisted place.

Please note, these tickets are non-refundable

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