About the Teacher

Establishing the outline drawing
Establishing the outline drawing

Jonathan Tetley studied sight size portrait drawing and painting at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence. This was after many years painting, exhibiting and working as an illustrator and graphic designer. Training before this was on the illustration course at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design.

Drawing teaching

Blocking in
Blocking in

Working with this method over a prolonged period allows the student to digest and apply what they have learnt.  It is better to start from scratch, however talented or experienced the student is, because that way it is possible to convey the method fully. This entails beginning with copying Bargue drawings, (monochrome) still life and cast drawing. From these beginnings, the student will progress through charcoal head to still life, grisaille cast painting and finally oil portrait. With hard work and application as well as some talent, it is possible to go far with this method.

Venue and costs

Finding the half tones
Finding the half tones

The venue is in Jonathan Tetley’s studio in Sherrington, one of the villages outside Salisbury. Sessions are weekly from 10.00 to 4.00 pm. The day ends with a cup of tea and brief discussion of the work. The courses are non-residential and follow  the school year . For further details , please fill out the form in Contacts. Guideline prices: – Cost of drawing tuition, by the day £40, morning or afternoon £25. For a term of drawing, 20% discount, payable in advance. The costs of drawing materials, oil paints, canvases or portrait or life models are not included. Model costs are shared, with portrait models as well, since we normally work two to a sitter.