Seeing and Thinking Portraiture: class with renowned photographers Paul Hill and Maria Falconer

Join our guest tutors Paul Hill and Maria Falconer for our Seeing and Thinking Portraiture workshop on 27 July.

The workshop is one of a series at our summer school running alongside our Portrait Prize Exhibition. It will focus on how we can place sitters in natural settings and use simple techniques to convey more than a likeness. Paul and Maria will use short assignments to help you release your creativity and take your portraiture to a new level.

They are both experienced professional photographers and teachers who have completed projects for numerous high-profile clients.

On the Edge of Emotion (2010-12) © Paul Hill


Paul Hill is a major influence on contemporary British photography. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and was awarded an MBE for services to photography. He has exhibited throughout Britain, North America, Europe, Japan and Australasia and has written and published four books. His work is held in public and private collections, including the V&A, the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, and Arts Council England.


maria falconer
Image © Maria Falconer


Maria Falconer is a university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK, Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial performance photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman. 


Other workshops on a portraiture theme include:


Mixed Media Portrait Painting
Wed 24 July 
Jain McKay RBSA

Experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to help you create a selection of exciting portraits. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.

£60 / £55

Jain McKay

Experimental Life Drawing
Thu 25 – Fri 26 July
Jain McKay RBSA

Produce exciting life drawings using a variety of materials and approaches. Suitable for all abilities, including more experienced portrait artists seeking new ideas.
£115 / £105


Seeing and Thinking Portraiture
Sat 27 July
Guest Tutors Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS

Engage with ‘sitters’ in natural situations using a range of simple techniques to create photographs that communicate more than a likeness. Suitable for new and experienced photographers alike.
£55 / £50


Life Drawing
Wed 31 July
Tina Willis-Jones, RBSA Friend

Learn about basic human anatomy, measuring techniques, scale and proportion to create dynamic life drawings in different media. Suitable for all abilities.
£60 / £55


Life Sculpture
Fri 9 August
David Walton RBSA

Create your own figure sculpture! Observe a life model, make a metal armature and sculpt onto it in plaster. Ideal for beginners but suitable for all abilities.
£70 / £65

Francesca Currie, ‘Lewis’

Painting Portraits in Oils for Beginners
Thu 22 – Fri 23 August 
Francesca Currie RBSA

Receive an introduction to portrait oil painting by learning about the basic palette, how start a painting, facial proportions, and how to bring life to a portrait. Suitable for intermediates seeking a ‘refresher’.
£110 / £100


For more information about the workshops we have available across the summer and how to book, please visit our workshops page.

All images © Paul Hill and Maria Falconer

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