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Painting of a woman in a black dress with dark hair tied back and a white collar with orange scraf on left shoulder.

Portrait Painting


[ Workshop )

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Unleash your inner artist and join our portraiture workshop inspired by Gwen John’s portraits.

Guided by artist and teacher, Kate Simms, you will draw and paint a clothed model in a long pose. The workshop offers the opportunity to explore portraiture using a variety of materials inspired by our Gwen John exhibition. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this workshop is the perfect chance to learn and experiment, and build confidence in producing a beautiful portrait image. Are you ready to create your own masterpiece?

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What to expect?

Beginners can expect to learn the basics of portraiture and build confidence in producing a portrait image. Those who are more comfortable with portraiture can expect to experiment with several different mediums and all will enjoy the opportunity to work with a model in a long pose.

Kate will work to each participants’ individual experience in portraiture and begin the session with some warm up exercises with the model in position. The model will stay in the same pose for long periods for you to capture the image.

There will be a break halfway through. Pallant Café will provide a self-service tea and coffee station in the Studio.

You are welcome to visit Gwen John: Art and Life in London and Paris before or after the workshop at your leisure (included in your workshop ticket). You will not visit the exhibition during the workshop.

Portrait of a head in black ink on white background

Artist bio - Kate Simms

Kate’s art practice includes creating art, art workshop tutoring, artist mentoring, community projects, talks, exhibiting, exhibition judging and curation.

After 10 years in advertising, Kate then ran the Cass Sculpture Foundation.

As an artist educator Kate has run national and international workshops at Sotheby’s, the National Portrait Gallery, NHS, Outside In, Graylingwell Heritage Lottery Project, and as part of Wellbeing and Accessibility conferences internationally. She currently runs her own life drawing group.

Kate is also a Pallant House Gallery Community Programme Ambassador. Her art is held in collections worldwide, including Outside In.