Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model holding the same pose over several sessions. David Briggs teaches various painting strategies, ranging from painting in a planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on using colour and tone to achieve a vivid sense of light and atmosphere. Students may choose which of these strategies to apply in their own work, and David instructs students in the crucial planning stages that help to achieve this result. Beginning students will learn the basic skills of how to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, how to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and how to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will learn new ways to apply these skills to painting in full colour and whether to focus on the portrait or the whole figure as their subject.