Sandy Nairne to speak at LHS

Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, visits the Studios to speak of his career in the arts.  

Nairne will step down as Director in January 2015.  Join us for a rare insight into his time at the helm of this national institution.




Date & Time: Wednesday 3 December, 6.30pm

Location:  Studio 101

Cost: £10; £7 conc.  Space is limited and booking essential.

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Short Sculpture Course

Lavender Hill Studios director Scott Pohlschmidt gives a three day course in our newly equipped Sculpture Studio.  

The course covers key aspects of the sculpting process from pinpointing anatomical landmarks to understanding three dimensional plains and rendering surface texture.  Students will focus on the portrait, working from life.  Mould making and casting non included.

Date & Time: Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 December 2014, 10am-4pm

Location: Studio 95

Cost: £260


December Portrait Course

Working exclusively from life and beginning in charcoal, students will be introduced to the basic principles of rendering a portrait.  They will grow acquainted with proportional guidelines and learn to use the ‘essential darks’ as the way to create structure and form.  They will be taught the importance of the value of scale for creating depth before progressing onto oil and colour.  Students will complete at least one charcoal and one oil portrait.  A demonstration will also be given.

Clemmie Portrait

Date: Monday 8 – Friday 12 December

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Place: 101 Lavender Hill Studios

Cost: £385

Materials sold on site at Lavender Hill Colours art store.


To book and for more information please contact:


Artist Framed: Whistler

The first in our autumn series of student led art discussions.  De Laszlo Foundation scholar, Chris Gray, gives an illustrated talk on Whistler.  

An introduction to the artist and his work, as viewed by an artist; an informal discussion amongst peers.  

Studio 101, 4.15pm.

Refreshments provided, £3.    

Materials Workshop

A weekend workshop focused on the craft of the artist from stretching and preparing a canvas to grinding pigments and varnishing a finished piece.  

Scott Pohlschmidt, founder of Lavender Hill Colours art store, and co-founder of Lavender Hill Studios, will give a historical background to the materials artists use today.  There will be plenty of opportunity to ‘have a go’ as Scott guides participants through the various processes involved.  Students will prepare their own canvases and paints.    

Date & Time: Saturday 15 November, 2-5pm & Sunday 16 November, 10am – 4pm.

Location: Lavender Hill Studios

Cost: £100; £75 LHS full-time students



Emerging Artist Course

Half-term already!  The good news is that we still have some spaces on our Emerging Artist Course, four days focused on the fundamental principles of drawing and painting.  The final day is an opportunity for beginners to experiment with painting in oils and to work from life.

The course is open to all ages and levels.  It is particularly suited to those wishing to pursue further training in the classical techniques.


Future Masters

Future Masters

Henry Yan returns to Lavender Hill Studios

Following two consecutive years of sold-out workshops and live figure drawing demonstrations, Henry Yan will be back to lead two 5-day courses.

1 – 5 Sept & 8 – 12 Sept

1 week, £480; 2 weeks £860 

To book please email


Henry Yan trained with the foremost artists in China before moving to the USA where he teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

Yan is a master draughtsman whose work is celebrated for its fine detail and powerful gesture; delivered with softness of touch and at alarming speed.

Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing: Tips & Techniquesis a recommended read for all aspiring artists. Former students have gone on to work across the creative industry, from animation and concept art to figurative painting and design.

Week one: 1- 5 September, 9.30am-4pm, £480


Students work from life to develop basic techniques and skills in drawing the human figure. They leave able to apply these skills to their work in the future. Through demonstrations and 1:1 guidance you learn to draw with accurate proportions, outlines and inner structures of male and female figures, taking into account important muscles and bone landmarks.  Moving onto chiaroscuro and mass drawing. Exercises consist of short and long poses.

Week two: 8-12 September, 9.30am-4pm, £480


Students will learn to complete short and long pose figure drawings with rich anatomical information. You will be guided through the different techniques mentioned in Henry’s book with plenty of opportunity to practice. Attention is given to drawing with beautiful line work and painterly approaches; as well as designing abstractive shapes to enhance the image.

Thursday 4 September, 6.30-8pm, £10 (included in the cost of the course)

Live Drawing Demonstration, Q&A and Sale of Henry Yan’s work

An opportunity to learn through example: watch Henry Yan deftly render the model on the pageant ask questions as he does so.  The demo will be followed by a sale of his work.  Refreshments provided. 


Fine Art Commissions Portrait Painting Competition

Fine Art Commissions Portrait Competition at Lavender Hill Studios.

The competition is now closed.  We were thrilled by the number of applications which have now been submitted anonymously to the judges.  Winner to be announced on 18 June.

Judges: Sara Stewart & Nicky Phillips

Prize: One day a week Portrait Course at Lavender Hill Studios for the Autumn Term 2014.  The winning portrait will be exhibited at Fine Art Commissions Duke Street premises.  Prize cannot be deferred or exchanged.

Terms & Conditions 

Entrants must be current or former LHS Students, you are entitled to submit a maximum of 2 portraits in either charcoal, pastel or oil.  The portraits must be painted from life.  



High resolution images should be sent to by 5.00pm, 31st May

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  • Name & contact details
  • Dates and duration of study at Lavender Hill Studios 
  • Name of sitter and date of sitting
  • Medium used and dimensions 

Deadline: 5.00pm, 31st May 2014.  

Judges: Sara Stewart & Nicky Phillips

Prize: One day a week Portrait Course at Lavender Hill Studios for the Autumn Term 2014.  The winning portrait will be exhibited at Fine Art Commissions Duke Street premises.  Prize cannot be deferred or exchanged.  

Poetry Portraits Launch Thursday 1 May, Bloomsbury Hotel

Lavender Hill Studios artists have captured some of the UK’s best poets on canvas, including: Sir Andrew Motion, the late Seamus Heaney, Jo Shapcott and Wendy Cope.

Poetry Portraits is a unique celebration of poetry and art and the intersection between the two.  It is a collaborative project between Lavender Hill Studios and Poet in the City.  The collection of portraits will hang outside the Seamus Heaney Library in the Bloomsbury Hotel through 2014, before being sold for charity next year.  You can view film footage of the project here.

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