Kenneth Le Riche Courses

About Kenneth


Born in 1963, prize-winning artist Kenneth Le Riche describes himself as a late bloomer. Having first earned himself a degree in engineering (1986), he worked in a variety of different jobs in different countries. He only started painting in earnest in his late 20’s and didn’t go to art school until he turned 30, when he attended the Foundation Course at Leith School of Art (1994). This paved his way to study at Edinburgh College of Art where he received a BA Hons. (1998) and where he won an Andrew Grant Scholarship. He was also awarded an Erasmus grant for a four-month exchange to the Villa Arson Centre d’Art Contemporain, France. 


Subsequently, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue further studies at the New York Academy of Art where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts with distinction (2003). 

Le Riche regularly has work selected for the Royal Scottish Academy, the Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland Open Exhibitions. He has been a council member for Visual Arts Scotland and is currently a professional member. In 2009, he won the Visual Arts Scotland Purchase Prize and in 2021 he was awarded the John Busby Award at the RSW's annual exhibition both at the Royal Scottish Academy. 

Le Riche has tutored for several arts organisations including the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, and The New York Academy of Art. He has exhibited widely both in the UK and overseas and has been artist-in-residence at the Leith School Of Art, UK; Amagansett Applied Arts, New York, USA; Odd Nerdrum Studios, Norway; and the International Art Symposium, Jordan. His work is held in numerous collections around the world.


Le Riche has his studio practice in Forres, Northern Scotland where he lives with his wife and two children.

When booking please state clearly which of Kenneth's date(s) you would like to attend.



Studio Practice Course

Suitable for experienced artists.

Date: 4th – 7th April inclusive

Price: £400


Duration: 4 days

Maximum number per course: 14


Included: use of tables, boards & easels, refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)

About the course


This course invites individuals who are already creating their own work to develop and expand their art practice under the guidance of an experienced tutor and practising artist, Kenneth Le Riche. This is a practical course that will be structured around students continuing their own work whether that be drawing, painting, and/or mixed media.


There will be individual tutorials which aim to identify the essence and direction of each student’s practice and devise strategies to take it forward.  The course will provide students with critical feedback on their work, introduce new practical skills and advice on how to push their work further. Ideas and aesthetics will be explored while developing elements of composition such as line, tone and colour.


New materials and methods will be introduced and the course can also advise on developing an art school portfolio where necessary. There will be seminars and PowerPoint presentations relevant to the students’ work.

What to bring

Participating artists should bring what they are currently working on - even if just sketches - and what they would like to work on. They should also bring along art materials that they generally use. To keep their options open thay might want to bring the following items: pencils, graphite sticks, willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, chalk, ink, pastels, acrylic paints, oil paints, solvents, binders, pigments, and paper. Participants may also wish to bring any additional materials of their choice.

Please bring a packed lunch.


Oils – 2 paintings, 2 days - a weekend workshop


Suitable for all levels.

Date: 9th – 10th April inclusive

Price: £200


Duration: 2 days

Maximum number per course: 14


Included: use of tables, boards & easels, refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)

About the course


“Colour is not a physical reality; it is the reality of what is in the painter’s mind” (Matisse).

The Fauves painters simplified lines, exaggerated perspective and used brilliant colours. They valued spontaneity and freshness over finish. During this workshop, students will be taken through a journey into colour while responding to the landscape. The rudiments of using colour to describe form will be explored as well as formal qualities such as line, tone, colour, texture, glazes, proportion, perspective, negative space and composition.


The emphasis will be on students making a painting a day that is a personal response to the elusive light and landscape in the surrounding area. Students will be encouraged to tap into their sense of self-expression to convey the observed. Each day will start with a brief slide lecture and end with a group crit.


This will be an intensive but fun weekend of prolific painting.

What to bring

Students should bring the following oil paints: titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ivory black, lemon yellow, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, and zest-it, linseed oil, hog hair brushes filberts sizes 2, 6, 10 and three clean empty jars, portable stool (optional), palette knife, palette, rags, viewfinder, 2xA1 primed supports for painting on like mdf or hardboard or stretched canvas.

Please bring a packed lunch.

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