Nicky Philipps, Portrait Painter, Represented by Fine Art Commissions, St. James's, London

Studios Bashall Philipps

Nick Bashall and Nicky Philipps have joined forces to open up their beautiful studios at 72 Flood Street, Chelsea to teach up to twenty adults of all abilities a new skill in a beautiful environment. The sessions will be between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and 7.00pm and 9.00pm twice a week for ten weeks. Nick will be the principal teacher with Nicky on hand to critique and encourage. The winter term was a sell-out success. The summer terms start on 9th May 2017. Details of private tuition are listed at the bottom of the page and for those of you wanting details re: the winter 2017 and Spring 2018 terms, please register your interest by emailing Bea at or Emily at

Teaching: Nick Bashall

Throughout his career as a painter, Nick has always taught. He welcomes students of all abilities and ages as he believes you can teach anyone to draw and paint.

His classes are enjoyable and entertaining. Whilst the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience. The studios are beautiful and historic, the environment friendly and communal.

Nick teaches the time-honoured principles of drawing and painting in a clear and logical sequence. He remembers how the London art schools he went to in the evenings while working as a trainee lawyer expected students to learn purely by trial and error. Simply being told the arm is too long or the leg too short is deeply frustrating.

In 1986, Nick discovered Jaoquin Torrents Llado's small private art school in Mallorca which taught him the body of fundamental principles. Llado had studied in the late 1960’s at the Barcelona academy where the teaching methods had continued unchanged since Picasso’s father had been a Professor there. The conservative Franco era preserved the old teaching methods whilst the rest of Europe had abandoned them.

Nick offers his students an overview of the fundamental stages:

1. Proportion
2. Line and Volume
3. Dark and Light
4. Colour

For students wanting to expand into painting portraits and the figure, you can greatly benefit from Nick’s experience as a leading portrait painter and war artist.

Having co-founded Lavender Hill Studios in 2004, Nick decided to set up his own atelier in one of the last remaining Victorian artists’ studios in Chelsea. Nicky’s studio is next door and together they can offer invaluable insight and experience to students of all abilities.


Each session will be two hours. Pricing is structured for a term of 10 sessions and you can choose whether to join the afternoon or evening sessions at time of booking:

Price: £450.00 per term (ten sessions)

Private tuition by Nick (ten sessions):

Two students (£550 per person)
Private tuition, one to one (£900)
Weekend sessions (Price on application)
One off (£90 per person per hour)

Private tuition by Nicky (ten sessions):

The Grammar of Drawing
One or two students: £500 each per day (two sessions of two hours per day).

Master Class: Painting a Still Life alongside Nicky
One or two students: £500 each per day (two sessions of two hours per day).

NB: Tuition with Nicky: Students must be A Level standard and above


Emily Gordon Lennox ~ 020 7839 2792 ~

Art Classes Wales at Picton Castle Studios

Picton Castle is situated in a spectacular location close to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Whether you enjoy painting at home or have not picked up a paintbrush since school, the Art Classes are specially designed to give artists, of all abilities, the opportunity to paint together and share ideas in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

We have an exciting selection of painting courses taking place this Summer and Autumn. The next opportunity to paint alongside Nicky Philipps is in her sight-size masterclass at the end of September and Still Life in oil course at the beginning of November.

For more information, including class announcements and to book a place on one of the courses, please contact Rosita on 01239 891 899 or visit

Nicky recently taught a successful Still Life course in her studio at Picton Castle

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