Life drawing & portraiture - Keeley Street

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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Anatomical life and portrait drawing
    Last Few Places, Evening
    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
  2. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  3. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    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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  4. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. Life drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  8. 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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  9. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 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
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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Portraits 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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

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