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. Drawing from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Watercolour: life painting themes and ideas

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this intermediate level watercolour course, you will paint the model from observation. You will explore personal themes and ideas around the figure painting genre. Using a range of methods, develop your skills and confidence in painting from the model in the luminous and fluid medium of watercolour. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  3. Drawing club

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our Friday evening drop-in drawing club. Discover new drawing techniques and develop your skills further by responding to a diverse range of briefs and projects that will take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each session will deal with a different approach. You can book individual sessions or the whole course for a reduced rate.

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    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  4. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  5. Learn to use: oil painting mediums

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £42.00

  6. Complete drawing course 2: intermediate

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Complete Drawing Course part 2 is the second stage of our Saturday drawing school, offering a structured approach to observational drawing. Aimed at intermediate students, part 2 will build on previous drawing experience and explore the creative potential of drawing in more depth. There will be opportunities to develop an individual approach to drawing while exploring materials and drawing concepts.

    Please be aware that there will be an offsite visit on week 9: 16th March 2019.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  7. Introduction to watercolour

    Course Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from observation of still life objects.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Experience: painting

    Experience: painting

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  10. Working with the imagination: water-based mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in drawing and painting with water-based mixed media such as ink, acrylic, and water-soluble graphite. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting exercises.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  11. Hands-on art history: modern colour

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting has developed as human vision evolved and the scientific discovery of colour interaction in the 19th century gave birth to vibrant art movements. On this practical painting course you will take inspiration form Seurat, Matisse, Whistler, Monet Mark Rothko and William Nicholson and explore these pioneering approaches to colour in your own work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Experimental painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Test unorthodox ways of layering and combining oil and acrylic media, including silk-screen print techniques for development in the painting studio. An intermediate course for painters who wish to learn more about paint application techniques and contemporary visual language.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  13. Painting techniques

    Painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes we adopt habitual ways of using paint not realising that there are innumerable approaches available to us. Discover different acrylic and oil paint techniques to help you explore the magic of painting more fully.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You'll need to bring your own iPad and copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Painting 2

    Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

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