April 10, 2018

Approach to Portraiture Masterclass with Benjamin Sullivan at RHA School

Working from a model, in a sustained pose, students will be led through a 4-day course exploring all aspects of Sullivan’s approach to portraiture.

Day 1 will focus on drawing, with the aim of making a detailed portrait on paper which will be the basis for the painting to follow. Day 2 will start with transferring the preparatory drawing to the canvas after which students will proceed to a monochrome underpainting. Day 2 and 3 will be spent painting in oils over the underpainting to create a convincing portrait.

Practical demonstrations and individual tuition will be provided throughout the course with the aim of improving skills and understating of painting. Benjamin Sullivan was born in Grimsby in 1977. He studied painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2000.He lives and works in Suffolk. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery. Among other distinctions, he has received a Carrol Foundation Award, the Kinross Scholarship, and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In 2007, he won the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. His work is to be found in numerous public and private collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy, Parliament House, Edinburgh, and several Oxford and Cambridge Colleges. In 2016, Sullivan won third prize in the BP Portrait Awards before winning first prize in 2017 for β€˜Breech!’, a painting of his wife breastfeeding their infant daughter. Image credit: Benjamin Sullivan, Breech!, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Application deadline: 27th May
Dates: 25th to 28th June 2018
Times: 10am to 4pm
Fee: €450
Booking: For more information on this masterclass, please visit the RHA website or contact RHA Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride – email:

Approach to Portraiture Masterclass with Benjamin Sullivan at RHA School