We are delighted to launch our new Year-long Online Landscape Course!


The portrait continues to be an enduring and powerful subject for artists today. This fascinating online course, taught by artist Jesse Leroy Smith, will help students to develop their own responses to portraiture and their own use of paint, composition and mark-making. A dynamic structured course begins with inspiring drawing exercises that develop a connection to the model and then colour compositional studies explore expressive ways to create personality and emotion.

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 around 3-4 days working your way through the course. It is delivered over five two-hour sessions. You have unlimited access to the course for 12 months.

There is a model throughout the various sections of the course in different poses. 

The main course film includes all the filmed poses of the portrait model for you to work from.

Jesse Leroy Smith has been working with the portrait throughout his career in painting, photography, printmaking and film and he is a passionate advocate of the power of portraiture in a contemporary context.

The course will include looking at a number of modern and contemporary artists who have worked with the portrait from Van Gogh, Helen Scherbeck, German Expressionists, Francis Bacon, Chantal Joffe, Lucien Freud, David Hockney, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Jenny Saville and Marlene Dumas among others.

Jesse has compiled a bank of such artists on this Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jesse4682/portraits/

He will work through the process of making a portrait himself and by sharing how studies, underpainting and reflections can really guide how a painting unfolds, this exciting course will give students an unforgettable immersion into the world of the modern portrait.

Jesse Leroy Smith

Materials used on this course:

Basic acrylic colours, limited range of oil paints. Clean rags, white spirit. Brushes, a palette, and drawing materials. A full list of materials is available once you purchase this course.


Intended for:

This exciting online Modern Portrait course is aimed at anyone who would like to be guided to explore the portrait through a range of inventive drawing and painting exercises. The course is open to all levels of previous experience and encourages a focus on the personality and uniqueness of a sitter and how the painting process, the materials used and elements such as composition, painting surface and colour for example can bring a wonderful richness to your depictions of people.


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. The content is split into five two hour sessions. 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 see the course film. The course is packed with demonstrations and hints and tips and with lots of different poses by the model it is a great resource to be able to work through the film and go back over it as many times as you like during 12 months of access.


Accessible to all levels but a little previous experience of painting from a model 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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