The Poly

24 Church St, Falmouth : 01326 319461
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

What's On Calendar

Have a look at the calendar text here to see what's coming up.

Workshops // Coming up // The Portrait Sketch in Oils, with Hugh Appleton
22 June

The Portrait Sketch in Oils, with Hugh Appleton

The Portrait Sketch in Oils: 3 Day Workshop

Level: intermediate

Tutor: Hugh Appleton

This workshop is for those who want to improve their ability to capture a likeness in a portrait, or their ability to observe and draw accurately. The medium you choose to work with is up to you, but the focus will be on oil painting.

I’ve made it my mission to understand the ways in which we can transfer the visual images we see onto a two-dimensional surface, to create the illusion of three-dimensions (or even four..!) We will explore the relationship between the image on our retinas and the image in our ‘mind’s eye’, the tricks our minds play on us – in terms of interpreting visual information, and ways in which we can anticipate and counter these effects.

I will explain how to ‘map’ the face in a way that leaves little room for error, and several ways you can check the accuracy of your painting.

We’ll look at the work of various artists; the different techniques they’ve developed to create an impression of depth and vitality, and how they have enlisted the help of the viewer to enhance the sense of realism.

I’ll spend six hours painting two models and talking about my process.

Participants will spend between 12 and 18 hours (depending on their preference) painting four – or six – models, and I will be spending time with each person individually, offering guidance, suggestions and a different perspective.

It’s a lot of information – you’ll need a notebook!


There will be a limited number of tickets at a reduced concessionary rate. Please contact The Poly directly on 01326319461to ask about these.


The Portrait Sketch in Oils, with Hugh Appleton, An Instructional Workshop with Live Models.

When: 22nd, 23rd, 24th June from 10am - 5pm each day.

Where: The Poly 

Duration: Three days

Cost: £240, including £1 Poly Fund and all materials and equipment.


Check times : Book now


SAS Great Escapes with Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis will be joining us to talk about his new book SAS Great Escapes II, and recounting some of the...

Find out more

Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus in Conversation

*SOLD OUT* Bonnie Garmus will be joining us in Falmouth to talk all about Lessons in Chemistry and its incredible debut...

Find out more

David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts (U)

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held...

Find out more
Contact us:

T: 01326 319461


The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

Social Media:

Keep up to date with The Poly:

Icon Icon Icon

© The Poly - The Poly is the trading name of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Limited, a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number 03909555 and registered charity number 1081199, with its registered office at 24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG