‘Portrait Painting in Oils from a Photograph’

Cheltenham Workshop dates: 14th/15th March 2020, 25th/26th April 2020

If you would like to join one of these courses or be added to the mailing list to be informed of future courses, please email Francesca. 

This course takes you through a step by step process on oil painting. Fran will begin with a short demonstration on what you will be doing that day and then will guide you through completing a painting. The class is structured to make oils an approachable subject. You will learn the basic palette, mediums, painting technique, how start a painting, and how to bring life to a subject. The course is designed for total beginners (from total novices to those seeking a ‘refresher’), and there is progression for those who wish to continue with the course.

Francesca is based in Cheltenham and hosts portrait workshops in her studio there. She currently also hosts workshops at: Royal Birmingham Society of ArtistsWorcester Arts Workshop, 


‘I attended Fran’s oil class as I’ve always painted in watercolour but never tired oils. From the first lesson, Fran explained everything clearly and talked through colours to use for skin tones, which was really helpful. Her knowledge and experience really show when she’s tutoring you and her comments are helpful. I’m really glad I attended her class and feel I now have the confidence to paint with oils- would highly recommend’

‘I really enjoyed Fran’s class. She’s found a good balance between constant input and letting you know when to go with it. The sessions are relaxed, but very productive. I would highly recommend this course’-Paul

‘This was a fantastic course I am a complete beginner but have been given such sound advice and encouragement through Fran that I know feel confident enough to go it alone’- Emma

‘I really enjoy Fran’s lessons; she’s a very patient teacher and is full of useful tips and tricks to help even the most novice. Would highly recommend this course’- Suzanne

‘Fran’s class has been great. I have improved my ability ten fold. The class itself are made up of interesting talented students of all ages and ability. Fran’s style is to encourage and motivate with her great knowledge and ability she makes the classes very enjoyable.’-Simon