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. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 9 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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 will visit exhibitions and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary practices in this genre.

    To apply please send a short statement saying why you would like to do the course plus six images of your artwork to alison.harper@citylit.ac.uk. Please contact us on 020 7492 2700 if you need further advice.

    See a short video with students and tutors talking about this course on our Vimeo site

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

  2. Contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches to making a portrait including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Drawing portraits

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jan 2017
    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

  5. Experimental approaches to portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 2 Jun 2017
    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

  6. Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 30 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive drawing approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions and structure of the human figure.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Life drawing

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from the nude model with structured teaching. Explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark-making with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  9. Life drawing for the terrified

    Course Date: Thu 6 Apr 2017
    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 draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Life drawing: develop experimental approaches

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of media and imaginative/dynamic approaches to drawing the figure to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in the subject or access new and innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Life painting

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Painting portraits: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Sun 19 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Understanding light, shade and colour are crucial concerns for the portrait artist. Learn how to paint forms of the head and face, and explore possibilities for mood and atmosphere using a tonal structure.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Portraits 1

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  14. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Course Date: Sun 21 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the human body as an expressive form with a focus on the subtle and shifting colours within the skin. Use blending and layering techniques in both oil and acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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