Drawing and painting

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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Drawing and the art of mindfulness by Clare Barton-Harvey

Save the date:  Foundation Diploma Exhibition 2018, 21-24 March 2018, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London. View a gallery of images from 2014-2017.

Rodin, the father of modern sculpture

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Watercolour all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Devote a week of your summer to watercolour painting and be challenged to try or re-visit a number of watercolour techniques, considering process and colour as you focus on your favourite methods to develop a more personal body of work.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Painting studio: three-day painting project

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a personal painting project over three full days in a well equipped studio, with tutor advice and support.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Start watercolour 1: learn about techniques and materials

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making, to enjoy exploring colour, and to see if you want to progress to the next level.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Painting: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in art to create dramatic effects in painting. Make a still life come alive through the play of colour contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Learn to use: charcoal

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 4 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: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. How to compose a picture

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of composing a picture and discover why some compositions are more interesting than others. Explore compositional elements to help strengthen a picture and try out techniques such as ‘rule of thirds’ and the 'golden section’. Ideal for improving and learning new skills.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing exercises, 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Starting abstract painting

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  10. Drawing perspective: an introduction to the basics

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding of the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Still life in pastels

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to making a still life in pastels. Learn how to mix pastels on paper, choose suitable materials and supports to allow you to create a finished pastel drawing.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Drawing and painting techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combine methods gleaned from art history with the diverse practices of contemporary art and explore a storehouse of mixed-media drawing and painting techniques.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Introduction to watercolour: evening summer school

    Introduction to watercolour: evening summer school

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Especially for beginners and those needing a refresher, this course will give you the skills to mix and apply watercolour using a range of techniques. Through a series of exercises and experiments you'll lead up to making watercolour paintings inspired by the still life subject.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Introduction to painting intensive

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fundamental skills of painting alongside discussions on contemporary artists and their work. Explore different types of paint, painting methods and techniques. Ideal if you have little or no previous experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Drawing techniques of the old masters

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of the time.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

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