A completely new course for Winter 2024.

11th Jan. update: only 1 place left!

Learn to paint a still life using acrylic paints. This course will take you through the basics of still life painting to produce one or two realistic paintings using traditional techniques, adapted to acrylic media.

One afternoon a week for six weeks.

(Above: 'Vegetable Soup' by Jon Sephton. Oil on canvas)

About the course

The course is friendly, informal and, I hope, fun.

This is a departure from previous courses which were aimed at a general understanding of acrylic painting, by focussing on a particular subject and methodology. 

Acrylic paints are very versatile, but I’ll be using them in a traditional style, not unlike oil painting.

By giving much more time to developing a painting, I believe this will give a more in-depth experience. 

As always, I assume no previous experience, making the course suitable for beginners, although I hope it will also appeal to those with a little painting experience wishing to gain a more in-depth understanding or wishing to focus on one particular subject.

You'll learn:

  • Composition
  • Using an under-painting
  • Colour mixing
  • Contrast
  • Glazing using acrylic mediums

Using acrylic paint can achieve results very similar to oil paint, but with easier handling, cleaning of brushes, quicker drying times and no unpleasant odours.

I hope everyone will take away paintings they can be proud of. 

We'll work on one or two paintings together so you have plenty of time to practice but also have the chance to 'paint along' with a live demonstration, with as much help and guidance as you would like.

The main language is English, but if they can forgive my French, I welcome any French speakers.

(Below: 'Apples' by Jon Sephton. Acrylic on canvas)

Apples. Jon Sephton, acrylic on canvas

Times and dates

The course will run on 6 Tuesday afternoons from 13:30 to 16:30, starting on Tuesday 20th February 2024 and finishing on Tuesday 26 March 2024.


All materials and equipment is included in the cost of the course.

Included in the price of the course is:

  • All tuition
  • Studio quality acrylic paint. For economy, larger tubes are used from which you can take fresh paint each week
  • Disposable palettes
  • Two canvas boards.
  • Acrylic mediums 
  • Brushes
  • Room hire
  • Refreshments

Venue & cost

The venue is a light, airy room in the village of Monflanquin. There is ample free parking within a short walking distance.

To provide a high level of personal attention, the number of places is limited to 8 people.

The cost of the six week course is 140€ per person, payable at the first session and includes tuition, all materials, tea/coffee and room hire.

To request more information

Please complete the form below (if you have any problems with the form, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Please note that sending an email doesn’t guarantee a place. I will reply as soon possible to confirm. Places are allocated on a 'first come, first served" basis. To be viable, the course needs a minimum of 5 people. In the event that there are more requests than places, I’ll keep a waiting list.

All details above are accurate at the time of writing (January 2024), but are subject to change.

This course has now finished