Private Tuition in Traditional Drawing & Painting

Receive 1-1and group private traditional training in drawing and oil painting through a personalise and structured learning experience through in-person or live online classes. Whether you are interested in learning the basics, or wish to focus on a genre or develop your portfolio, Nichola will tailor your lessons to achieve your specific needs. 


Nichola is a classically trained, professional artist who has studied for number of years at renowned ateliers in Italy, France and America to learn traditional methods that originate from the Renaissance masters. She has exhibited in London and internationally through solo and group exhibitions and taught children and adults for many years. Nichola knows the cost and commitment involved in learning at private art schools, so Nichola has designed a more affordable way of learning the fundamental principles and techniques in traditional drawing and painting, which you can take at your own pace. Nichola recommends booking drawing lessons first, as drawing is the foundation to all artistic disciplines and constitutes to three-quarters of a painting.

Time - book your preferred time slot on:

Thursday 9am - 8pm | Friday 9am - 6pm | Saturday 3pm - 6pm | Sunday 10am - 4pm


1-1 Private Lessons

Live online via Zoom 

Due to Covid-19, lessons in Nichola's home studio, home visits in London, and lessons in the V&A are currently suspended.  

What do the private lessons offer?

  • Personalised and structured private 1-1, and group lessons in drawing and painting for adults and children of 7+ for all levels of drawing experience, including the complete beginner.  

  • Learn the fundamental principles of drawing; line, shape, proportion, perspective, light theory, value, shading, form modelling, edges and composition.

  • Learn the fundamental principles of oil painting; value, colour theory, colour mixing, form painting, indirect and direct painting methods, oil painting techniques and composition

  • Learn Nichola's step-by-step approach to learn the vital stages of traditional drawing and painting through concept exercises, geometric shapes, Bargue Plates, casts, still life, photographic reference and old master works.

  • Choose to specialise in a specific area of interest including the figure, portraiture, still life, the landscape or animals.

  • Receive lectures, demonstrations, guidance reference, assignments, complementary handbooks and receive 1-1 guidance throughout each lesson. Live online lessons receive complementary email for critiques after lesson.

  • Structured and personalised tuition with Nichola who trained at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy; Studio Escalier, Paris and Argenton, Loire Valley, France; L' Ecole Albert Defois, Les Cerqeux-Sous- Passvant, Loire Valley, France; Ryan Wurmser, Westlake, California, USA and JSS Civita, Civita Italy.

  • Nichola has taught for many years and currently teaches regular drawing and painting classes at the Sunny Art Centre. 

  • Nichola specialises in representational equine art and portraiture which she has exhibited in London and internationally.  She has had four solo shows, exhibited in many group exhibitions and been a finalist in the ARC Salon.  She is currently a main artist at The Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, London. Her works are in collections all over the world, including the Saudi Royal Family.

  • Pay as you go or block-book a number of lessons 

Advantages for Young students

  • Nichola welcomes young children/teens from 7+ to learn the basic fundamental principles of drawing and painting. Many of the Old Masters started learning academic drawing between the ages of 7-11.

  • An opportunity to learn with Nichola and to prepare for an art scholarship or strengthen your child's GCSE or A-level portfolio.

*Discounts & Current Offers*

  • Students in full-time education will receive a student 10% discount on all prices. To claim your 10% discount please enter this code at checkout: student discount 

  • Discounted block booking for 4 or 6 lessons (each lesson is 2 hours): Book 4 lessons = £70 per 2-hour lesson.  Book 6 lessons = £66.50 per 2-hour lesson


How does the private live online class work?

  • Book your preferred time slot on the days available

  • Please contact Nichola to discuss your personal study plan, before your first lesson

  • You can attend the lesson on your tablet or laptop or mobile. All you need is the Zoom link, meeting ID and password which you will receive in your booking confirmation.

  • Nichola will provide information on materials, equipment required and how to set-up your home workspace 

  • Nichola will provided exercise documents and reference material.  

  • Nichola recommends using two devices for your lesson. Use your tablet or laptop so Nichola can send you information and share her screen during the lesson and use your mobile with a flexible arm so that you can point the camera directly at your paper during the lesson or to take images of your work to send to Nichola during the class. You can attach the arm to the back of a chair or a side of a table or a tripod light stand. The mobile camera will allow Nichola to see you draw and provide optimal 1-1 guidance throughout the lesson.

How do I book a lesson?

  • For pay-as-you-go bookings, please choose your date and available time slot. 

  • Nichola also welcomes discounted block bookings options for 4 or 6 lessons (2 hrs per class).  To book, please choose your first date and available time slot for your first lesson, and then arrange with Nichola a mutually convenient lesson times thereafter. 

  • Students in full-time education will receive a student 10% discount. To claim your 10% discount, please enter this code at checkout: student discount

  • Please read terms and conditions for the cancellation and refund policy. Bookings made less than three days prior to the agreed date for the lesson is non-refundable.

For all enquires please email Nichola at

Nicola Evans, July 19, 2019

"I came across Nichola Eddery’s wonderful work whilst looking at representational artwork. As a keen aspiring artist,  I wanted to improve and refine my technique and was delighted to find that as an Atelier Nichola offered classical drawing courses not only at London’s finest museums but also online. This is so useful for my given my location in Scotland. The online lessons are really enjoyable. I have been able to take things at my own pace and Nichola has been very helpful in advising about technique. It is also wonderful to be able to have the flexibility of one to one private tuition at mutually convenient times. I would thoroughly recommend this course either as a stand-alone method or as a complement to actual workshops”.

Vladimir Dukanovic, July 21, 2019

"I have enjoyed immensely working on my drawing skills with Nichola. We had a series of one to one sessions in Nichola's home studio and I have also done one of her workshops. Her style of teaching is quiet yet uncompromising, she puts a lot of effort into identifying a person's individual strengths and weaknesses and providing various approaches rather than applying the same schematic approach which is rare and great for an art teacher - especially in an academic style. I highly recommend her and I am looking forward to doing some painting lessons with her." 

For more information about Nichola art and examples of her work please click on the link below: