Diploma Program

The Norfolk Painting School Diploma


** Both January 2019 Diplomas are now full, please contact Jane@norfolkpaintingschool.com for information about Autumn 2019 entry **

An introduction to the Diploma by Course Director Martin Kinnear

What is our Diploma? Quite simply it’s the course I wished I could have signed up for when I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional oil painter.

It’s a structured oil painting course designed to teach you the skills you need to develop and express your own creativity. It’s about thinking. about painting and about making changes for the better

Did I mention self confidence? Well it’s that too, our Diploma courses also encourage you to think deeply about your Art and learn to present it (and you) in a credible way.

“I just wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for your time and support during the Diploma it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done I had a wonderful time” Tom S Diploma 5

I think it’s the best painting course you’ll find and because of that it’s important that we find the best students. Painters with potential – (although they can’t often see it ), open minds and a willingness to get involved and embrace new ideas.

For all of these reasons the Diploma is a selective course, so if you’d like to take part then read on before dropping me a line for a chat about your work and what kind of painter you want to become.

“Very, very excited about term 2. I can’t remember when I felt so enthused about life, when I’ve had something of import to look forward to so much.
And it feel like something that’s for me. Not for the kids, or the ol’ man, or any other family..but ME!” SF Diploma 8

How it works with you

Make no mistake about it, the Diploma is a big course, but it’s also designed to work around your family and work commitments.

The course runs over a year, during which you’ll attend nine residential workshops in Norfolk  and be set a few hours of independent painting to do each month – although most students do as much as they possibly can.

‘A few hours’ means two paintings by the way – one based upon the skills I taught you in the last workshop, plus a second original piece using the ideas you drew from it.

Practical workshops lie at the heart of the Diploma, each month you’ll be presented with a theme such as ‘How to paint light’ backed up by hands on technical session, Art Historical context and have group moderation of your works

Group sessions are key to your personal creative progress and run parallel with any group study I set. At each session we’ll discuss how the last workshop has fed into your personal style. Some of the skills you learn will be merely interesting, but others will transform your thinking, and change your style.

Technical study sessions ensure that you build up a set of practical skills: Gesso, Grisaille. Ébauche. Imprimatura, Camïeau, will become practical skills you can call upon not just jargon.

Apart from the painting you’ll get involved with everybody else in the group via our online Diploma Forum, where you’ll find set topics as diverse as comparing Mondrian and Matisse or find technical resources on glazing or gesso.

Joining Us

Diploma 8 starting January 2018 : Full

Diploma 9 starting February 2018: Full

Diploma 10 starting May 2018: Full 

Diploma 11 starting January 2019: Full

Diploma 12 starting end January 2019: Full 

Everything was contemporary once, This student had never studied in oils before joining our 2017 program. These two studies just need top glazes to bring them to life.
Learn how you paint; there is no house style on our Diploma, we simply give you the skills and direction you need to discover your creativity. Large format Oil on paper from our 2016 program
Each month you’ll be encouraged to produce a body of work aimed at helping you to find your creative vision and refine your technical style. Various works by Salona White 2016. Diploma 4.

In Brief

• Three days residential workshop in Norfolk per month, over nine months designed for fitting serious art study around work and family commitments

• Three trimesters which build upon each other from Technical Skills to Aesthetics and Creative Development

• Features a fully structured and moderated home study program, which builds month by month and workshop by workshop

• Accommodation included, plus all the specialist materials you need for workshop days

• Open to non students who display the potential to succeed

• Call or email for a free prospectus and a chat about your ambitions

Where will it take you? One of our international students discussing her encounters with the dark expressive style of Goya.