"Heatherley’s is the oldest independent art school in London with a strong focus on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture."
Heatherley's offers a wide range of part-time and full-time courses. Classes include drawing, oil painting, printmaking, watercolour, figurative sculpture, ceramics, still life and portraiture.
Camilla Cannon - Portrait Diploma student
'Doing the Portrait Diploma at Heatherleys has been a life-changing and transformative experience for me. I arrived at Heatherleys as a complete novice, and slowly, and at times suddenly, have gained knowledge, insight and understanding. I have surprised myself and most of all been in the presence of true greatness, both in my fellow students and tutors alike.
Now in my 2nd year I have come to a place where I feel like an artist, not an art student. The course enables the student to find one's own visual language and explore a myriad of ways to approach painting the figure in oils.
I have found the teaching to be inspirational and thorough. Having a variety tutors over the 2 years means there is no house style and no opportunity to become complacent. The tutors are honest; though supportive they are not there to hold your hand. This makes for strong students and a healthy student/tutor relationship. Ideas are thrashed out and many breakthroughs are made.
As the school is very well connected in the London figurative art scene it is a great way to make useful contacts and launch your career as a painter. I have met some wonderful people who I will stay in touch with long after I have graduated from the school. One of the most important things I will take away from my time at Heatherleys is that through dedication, commitment and an open mind one can go places that you never thought possible.'
Enrolment takes place throughout the year and can either be done in person or over the phone.
There are no cut-off dates for our diploma courses, however places are limited so we do recommend registering an interest as soon as possible.
Heatherley’s is a great school to attend for the student with aspirations in pursuing a career in art. Classes are set within a friendly social environment where students will feel at ease while attending class. Also Heatherley’s newly built school provides a sunny, clean and safe atmosphere.
During the two-year Sculpture Diploma course, teachers work in concert to elicit skills from the student and harbour their creativity. The faculty’s wide bank of knowledge and experience, combined with a course rooted in traditional and contemporary practices, provides a truly unique experience. This is also reinforced with a highly generous amount of studio time for second year sculpture students.
The Heatherley School of Fine Art
75 Lots Road
Tel: 020 7351 4190
Email: 020 7351 4190