Drawing and painting: life and portraiture

From beginners drawing to portrait painting, browse our large range of courses in drawing and painting from life. Part-time courses available afternoons, evenings and weekends, from beginner to advanced level. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  2. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 9 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of working with the portrait and figure. We'll visit exhibitions and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary practices in this genre.

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    Full fee: £1,699.00
    Senior fee: £1,359.00
    Concession: £1,036.00

  3. Contemporary approaches to the figure

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, working with the model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring different drawing approaches with references to historical and contemporary imagery pushing the boundaries of our current practice in exciting and experimental ways.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  4. Contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind to enjoy experimentation and a range of ideas in creating compelling images of the human head and form.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  5. Contemporary portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  6. Drawing and movement

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Movement will be explored through an expressive use of materials (charcoal, ink, paint) from different subjects each week: a life model/figure, still life and alternative imagery. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  8. Drawing and painting traditional portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  9. Drawing portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge and skills in drawing portraits. Build your confidence with a range of drawing media and simple techniques. This course may provide a helpful introduction to a course in portrait painting.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Drawing the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing portraits means more than only depicting the head. We'll examine ways of representing the human figure and portrait, drawing from the live model. You'll learn skills in observational and expressive drawing and build confidence in handling a variety of drawing materials.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation. You’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to help you draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  12. Experimental approaches to portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of experimental methods, materials and approaches to drawing portraits. Develop a personal response to the sitter by using mark, surface, texture and gesture to convey emotion and meaning. For intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  14. Introduction to drawing portraits

    Course Date: Mon 2 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Making portraits continues to fascinate artists, trying to capture appearance and personality in a single image. This course offers a solid introduction to drawing and the human head and some aspects of the figure in a variety of media with the aim of getting a 'likeness'.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Engage in a diverse range of guided exercises and approaches to drawing the figure, employing a variety of media. A practical drawing course to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in figure drawing or access new and innovative ways of approaching the art of drawing itself.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

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