This week at the Academy the nine remaining students face their greatest challenge yet when Napoleon decides to send them into a real life job situation, working as part of his makeup team during an actual wedding.
Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon host this art competition in which 10 keen amateurs take on three specially designed challenges each week, showing their skills using a wide range of mediums. The contest begins in Alnwick Castle, Northumberland - which may be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts. Here, the contestants demonstrate their styles for the first time, before a quick-draw challenge and a painting of the castle - after which, painters and expert judges Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie decide who will be leaving.
The nine remaining amateur artists face three challenges in portraiture on London's Southbank. For the opening task, they are given four hours to create pictures of themselves from their reflections. This is followed by a quick-draw where they have 30 minutes to attempt an anatomically accurate sketch that captures the likeness of a stranger. In their last chance to impress before the elimination, there's a four-hour sitting with EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker (Patrick) and Albert Square legend Pam St Clement (Pat). Plus, Una Stubbs talks to royal portraitist Nicky Philipps, and Lachlan Goudie provides tips on proportion and scale.
The amateur artists travel to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill. Their first challenge sees them arranging a collection of personal items - from a large yellow hat to a skull - which they must capture on canvas using acrylics. This is followed by a quick 30-minute sketch of a giant chess board, ensuring that light and shadow are just as important as perspective and scale. In their last chance to impress before the elimination, the hopefuls paint the facade of the palace, attempting to capture the drama of its stunning architecture, while Una talks to Churchill's granddaughter Emma Soames.
Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon travel to Dartmouth for the final of the art competition. The four amateurs set up their easels at the Royal Naval College and are asked to capture a sense of Britain's seafaring heritage - and with just three challenges left, one contestant takes a big risk to impress the judges. That's followed by a quick sketch of a platoon of naval cadets marching on the parade ground, before the final painting of the competition, in which they have to capture the atmosphere of Dartmouth harbour. It's then up to judges Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie to decide who will be the first winner.
Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon present the art competition from Tate Britain on the banks of the Thames, where the remaining amateurs focus on the human form for their next three challenges. As they arrive, they are greeted by two semi-naked men, setting the tone for the first task in which they make anatomically correct life drawings. This is followed by the seemingly impossible task of sketching a rhythmic gymnast and her flickering ribbon, followed by the final challenge - a flamenco dance captured in chalk and pastel.