Exhibition: Six Weeks of Portraits    5 June – 17 July

Art Classes

Nick is a natural teacher and his bespoke method has been successfully adopted by a new generation of artists. His classes are informative and great fun. Nicky has a less structured approach, but her acute eye for detail encourages students to study simple objects until they see colours they never knew existed. If you are lucky enough to join their classes you’re in for a real treat.

Sara Stewart

Nick Bashall and Nicky Philipps have joined forces to open up their beautiful studios at 72 Flood Street, Chelsea to teach up to twenty adults of all abilities a new skill in a beautiful environment. The sessions will be between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and 7.00pm and 9.00pm twice a week for ten weeks. Nick will be the principal teacher with Nicky on hand to critique and encourage. The winter term was a sell-out success. The autumn term starts on Monday, 2nd September 2017. Details of private tuition are listed at the bottom of the page and for those of you wanting details re: Spring and Summer 2018 terms, please register your interest by emailing Bea at info@studiosbashallphilipps.com or Lulu at lulu@fineartcommissions.com

Teaching: Nick Bashall

Throughout his career as a painter, Nick has always taught. He welcomes students of all abilities and ages as he believes you can teach anyone to draw and paint.

His classes are enjoyable and entertaining. Whilst the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience. The studios are beautiful and historic, the environment friendly and communal.

Nick teaches the time-honoured principles of drawing and painting in a clear and logical sequence. He remembers how the London art schools he went to in the evenings while working as a trainee lawyer expected students to learn purely by trial and error. Simply being told the arm is too long or the leg too short is deeply frustrating.

In 1986, Nick discovered Jaoquin Torrents Llado's small private art school in Mallorca which taught him the body of fundamental principles. Llado had studied in the late 1960’s at the Barcelona academy where the teaching methods had continued unchanged since Picasso’s father had been a Professor there. The conservative Franco era preserved the old teaching methods whilst the rest of Europe had abandoned them.

Nick offers his students an overview of the fundamental stages:

  1. Proportion
  2. Line and Volume
  3. Dark and Light
  4. Colour

For students wanting to expand into painting portraits and the figure, you can greatly benefit from Nick’s experience as a leading portrait painter and war artist.

Having co-founded Lavender Hill Studios in 2004, Nick decided to set up his own atelier in one of the last remaining Victorian artists’ studios in Chelsea. Nicky’s studio is next door and together they can offer invaluable insight and experience to students of all abilities.


Each session will be two hours. Pricing is structured for a term of 10 sessions and you can choose whether to join the afternoon or evening sessions at time of booking:

Price: £450.00 per term (ten sessions)

Private tuition by Nick:

Private tuition, one to one (£130 per person per hour)
Private tuition, two students (£65 per person)
Weekend sessions (Price on application)

Private tuition by Nicky (ten sessions):

The Grammar of Drawing

One or two students: £500 each per day (two sessions of two hours per day).

Master Class: Painting a Still Life alongside Nicky

One or two students: £500 each per day (two sessions of two hours per day).

NB: Tuition with Nicky: Students must be A Level standard and above

Lulu Wallis
020 7839 2792

3 and 5 Rossetti Studios, 72 Flood Street, Chelsea, SW3 5TF