Drawing and Painting from Life Workshop

Start date: 20 June 21
Day: Sunday
Course length: 0 day course
Time: 10:00 to 16:00


Full Fee: £59.00

Over 65's Fee: £53.10

Benefit Fee: £47.20

Course Code: £S09

Tutor: Bill Guilding

Length: 0 Weeks

Term: Summer Extended Weeks

Type: workshop Weeks

Code Letter: S0 Weeks


Spend a day painting or drawing directly from a model. There'll be just one pose, with the model nude and in colourful surroundings. All paint-types welcome - pastels, crayons, charcoal & pencils too - but for this one-off workshop it is best to use a medium you are familiar with. Some experience of drawing from life is recommended.

Materials List

Come with your usual paints or drawing materials. Please note Burnt Sienna is useful for painting all flesh tones. If you are unsure about other colours and brushes, you may refer to the materials list for the Painting in Oils and Acrylics courses listed online. If you use acrylics, it'll be fine, for this course, to use acrylic sketching paper (min. 250gsm), water-colour paper (min. 250gsm), or wall-lining paper (the thicker the better) or card-board. If you use watercolour, thick cartridge paper is fine if stretched. Or heavy-duty (300gsm) water-colour paper.. - If you use pastels, use a rough coloured paper, eg. sugar paper or specialist pastel-paper. - If you use oil paint, oil sketching paper is fine or a canvas-board. Alternatively, oil & acrylic painters might like to prime some cardboard or MDF beforehand. - Paper size: I suggest A3 size minimum, and at least A2 if you like painting boldly and loosely. Due to COVID19 please make sure you bring everything required on the materials list as equipment will not be able to be shared. The tutor may provide some materials for your course or workshop which will be distributed following our guidelines. If you have any questions, please get in touch. This term we are going to reduce lending art-equipment to a minimum, so please be sure to bring everything on the materials list, including sticky-tape or bull-dog clips, a pencil-sharpener and an eraser. Painters: this term please bring your own jar for turps or water, a palette of some kind and an apron or old shirt.

Fees & Further Information

Please note: All 10, and 12 week courses have a half term break in the middle. For term dates please visit our ‘Contact us’ page. We are not open on bank holiday Monday’s and any class that falls on these days will be made up at the end of term.


  • You will need to have paid in full for your course or workshop to guarantee your place. We do not accept deposit or part payments. Course and workshops are becoming increasingly popular, so please book early in order to guarantee your place.
  • We do offer concession rates for anyone over 65, NHS staff, Students ro claiming the benefits listed below, or NHS. As we are a self-funded organisation we receive no financial support, in order to offer these rates.
  • The concessionary rate is for those whose sole source of income is from a state benefit. We accept Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. Please show a recent letter or statement stating your benefit when enrolling.


  • In the event that we have to cancel a course, we aim to inform you 2 working days before the start date, or at least 24 hours before a day workshop. If we have to cancel a course, then you will receive a full credit note .
  • If you wish to cancel your place you must inform us up to 14 days before the start date of your course or workshop. In this case you will receive a refund minus a 10% admin fee. (10% of the course fees or £5, whichever is greater).
  • If you give us less than 14 days notice, or your course or workshop has already started a refund will be not given.

Please see full terms and conditions for more information. 


If a course has already started please call the office as it may be possible to join after the start date. This may only be possible if the course is not already full, if it is not disruptive for the other students and you are aware that you have missed a percentage of the course and the tutor will not have time to catch you up. This will be at discretion of the Folk House. We run our courses termly, so it might be best to start at the beginning of the course.  


  • You must be over 18 years old to attend a course or workshop at the Bristol Folk House.
  • All our courses and workshops are non-accredited and will not receive a certificate for attending.
  • We offer a range of courses at all levels and our tutors make every effort to accommodate your individual needs. Before choosing you may want to speak to the tutor to make sure the course is right for you. Please contact the office.
  • To join all of our courses you must be able to follow written and verbal instructions and you may be invited to take part in group discussions. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from any additional support to help you to take part in this class. Please contact the office if you require any further information.
  • If you have a disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue which may affect your participation in your chosen course please contact the office prior to enrolling. If you will need to bring a career or support worker with you to the class, please inform the office when enrolling so we can make arrangements.

Access/ Parking

  • Much as we would like to provide access for all, the Folk House has no disabled access or facilities.
  • We have no onsite car parking at the Bristol Folk House but there are many paid parking spots in the area. Please ask us for details on parking or see our website for more detail.
  • We are on a busy bus route and have plenty of bike racks in our courtyard garden.