The Inspired by Paula Rego online course offers participants a host of exercises demonstrated and outlined by artist Faye Dobinson using works by Paula Rego as inspiration. Exercises and demonstrations include many different elaborate interior still life and figure set ups based around well-known works by Rego. Working with inspiration from one of the great artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries Faye is able to pull out of Rego’s work a great number of ways to bring new ideas and approaches to your work.

The course includes looped film clips of the different subjects explored on the course for participants to draw and paint from alongside the exercises. 

Faye uses a simple range of dry drawing materials including pencils, charcoal and chalks and inks and acrylics on the course but the teaching and exercises would all also be applicable for any coloured drawing materials and paint media. 

A wonderful opportunity to gain inspiring guidance on how to learn from the drawings and mixed media work used by Rego across a number of different subjects she depicted over her career. 

The course is pre-recorded so that you can take your time to really absorb the wealth of advice, practical exercises and demonstrations throughout the course. We would advise spending at least around 3-4 days working your way through the course. The artist suggests that it would be good to create several studies from each exercise to fully explore the learning and new techniques and approaches.

You have unlimited access to the course for 12 months.

Chapters within the course include:

Paula Rego with Faye Dobinson

Session 1 

Introduction to the course

Looking at and learning from Paula Rego’s work

Guided Still Life drawings – Objects of Significance Exercises 1-3

  • Red Shoes
  • Cloth
  • Doll

Guided Ink drawing – Curious Figure Exercise 4

Guided Still Life set up – 3 Drawings for collage Exercise 5

And finally

Session 2

Introduction to working with the tableau Exercises 6 - 10

  • Tableau 1 - Black & white study (Model in standing pose with red shoes)
  • Tableau 2 - Black & white with addition of red (Model reclined with red shoes and thread)
  • Discussing the studies
  • Tableau 3 - Colour study (Model clutching red shoes)
  • Discussing the study
  • Tableau 4 – Colour study (Rego’s Vanitas)

Session 3 

Drawing and collaging from your drawings Exercises 11 – 12

Scaled down coloured crayon drawing from black & white drawing (Model in standing pose).

Scaled down coloured crayon drawing from black & white drawing (Model in reclining pose).

Looking at the drawings.

Collages created from your drawings to make new tableaux.


Faye Dobinson

Materials used on this course:

A small selection of water-based acrylic paints, Indian ink, pencils, charcoal, pastels or crayons. Use of tape, a craft knife and old scissors. A full list of materials is available once you purchase this course.

NB: If you do not have all of the materials you can still get a lot out of the course.

Intended for:

This online Inspired by Paula Rego course is aimed at anyone who would like to gain guidance on how to learn from the drawings and mixed media work used by Paula Rego across a number of different interior subjects she depicted over her career.


The course is broken up into a series of exercises and demonstrations which can be worked with at your own pace but we would suggest that it might be experienced in stages over 3-4 days ideally.

You get 12 months of unlimited use of the course.

How to participate:

Simply click on the link we send you in your purchase confirmation email from which you can play the main course film and also find the many accompanying interior still life and figure set ups which you can draw and paint from. The many interior figure set ups given with the course will be a fantastic resource to work with from the comfort of your own studio/home. The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Faye Dobinson with lots of hints and tips and then the directions for what you can then do are written on the screen for you in the text which you can pause to really take in the advice. It is a jam-packed course with lots of exercises for you to do and a wealth of advice and instruction from one of the UK's leading artists.


Accessible to all levels but a little previous experience of drawing and painting may be useful.


16+ might be a sensible guide age

Additional info:

If you choose to buy this product, at the checkout you will be asked to create your own Newlyn School of Art online account (if you do not already have one) to access any purchase of digital content.  Purchasing of digital content grants the purchaser unlimited and immediate access for 1 year.  At the point of purchase, you have no right to cancel or gain a refund as you have received full access to the digital product.  Please read the Terms and Conditions.

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