Life drawing & portraiture

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Life Drawing & Portraiture Courses - Online & London

Life drawing shows you how to see and interpret the structure and proportions of the human form through observation of the unclothed live model. It’s a fantastic discipline that can underpin all other drawing practices.

Whether you’re interested in the technical and analytical aspects of scale, volume and methods of measurement or a more intuitive, expressive approach, there are classes to suit all levels and approaches. Beginners are introduced to simple, user-friendly exercises to make the complexities of figure drawing fun and accessible to all.

If you’re a more experienced student, you can explore a more personal approach, experiment with materials and work with dynamic and challenging poses. A fascinating aspect of life drawing is the portrait, using the same skills to develop character and likeness of the individual face through focusing on structure, volume and expression.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

 

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  1. Life drawing: an experimental approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to drawing the figure with a variety of media: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  2. Life drawing after work
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  3. Drawing and painting portraits: traditional techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course introduces traditional historic approaches to drawing portraits from observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  4. Life drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  5. Portraits 2
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    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 £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00
  6. Anatomical life and portrait drawing
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  7. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  8. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  9. Life drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  10. Life drawing: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  11. Portraits 1
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners and improvers. 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.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00
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  12. How to draw: step by step drawing portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  13. Anatomical portrait drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  14. Life drawing into life painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  15. Anatomical life drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie the human figure. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

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