Drawing & Painting Courses in London

Learning to draw can be fulfilling, frustrating, challenging, rewarding and relaxing. We offer drawing courses for the complete beginner, as well as a range of courses to develop your skills - from the use of colour and creating portraits to developing sketchbooks. Our expert tutors will guide and develop your skills and also give you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students. Come and enjoy these popular classes - but hurry, as they do tend to fill up quickly.

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  1. Oil painting for beginners

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting. Learn how to start a painting, organise a palette, mix colours and create texture using a range of techniques and exercises inspired by artists.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  2. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  3. Learn to use: charcoal

    Course Date: Wed 28 Nov 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines.

    This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Start life drawing

    Course Date: Thu 29 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. Introduction to watercolour intensive

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Condense your learning on this 3 day intensive course. Working from still life explore a variety of application techniques such as layering, masking-out and creating textures to gain a grounding in the rich possibilities of the watercolour medium.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Beginners drawing intensive

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills over four intensive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of drawing, covering key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Beginners painting intensive

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. Learn to use: oil painting mediums

    Course Date: Sat 15 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when oil painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of oil painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of oil painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Essence of movement: the dynamic figure in dance drawing studio with English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A unique opportunity to draw the dancers of English National Ballet in warm-up on-stage at The Coliseum and to develop large scale drawings in the studio.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  10. Start oil painting

    Start oil painting

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to oil painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to oil painting, from priming surfaces through to colour mixing, glazing and the function of painting mediums.

    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Drawing traditional portraits intensive

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills of portrait drawing, using traditional methods mostly working from a variety of professional portrait models, working predominately with charcoal and pencil.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  13. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  14. Develop your drawing and painting

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

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