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

    Course Date: Fri 13 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting opportunity to extend your painting practice, with guidance from an experienced tutor. You'll be given practical support and be encouraged to identify areas of interest and personal approaches to making paintings.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  2. Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Course Date: Fri 13 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this practical course for painters will help you unlock ways of matching, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  3. Contemporary painting studio

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 1 Nov 2017 (and 14 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  5. Drawing perspective: taking it further

    Course Date: Thu 9 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on a basic understanding of perspective, you'll further develop your ideas, drawing imagined or observed objects and spaces. There will also be the option to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor. Perspective, and other drawing systems, will help you visualise ideas and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Painting the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to paint from a life model, full figure or portrait, with emphasis on portraiture. You will learn skills in observational painting, colour mixing and handling oil paints.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Introduction to watercolour

    Course Date: Sun 12 Nov 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    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 still life observation.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Painting and the creative imagination

    Course Date: Sun 12 Nov 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  9. Oil painting for beginners

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the beautiful 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Drawing: focus on tone

    Course Date: Wed 29 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focus on using light and shade in observational drawing. Learn to manipulate your materials to create a full tonal range to enable you to describe volume, space and mood in your drawings. All levels of experience are welcome.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Start life drawing

    Course Date: Thu 30 Nov 2017
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. The essence of movement: dynamic drawing from dance with the English National Ballet

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting intensive course combining drawing workshops at The London Coliseum sketching professional dancers in warm-up class, and studio based experimental 'dynamic drawing' projects in mixed-media at City Lit, inspired by the 'live' sketchbook work.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Experience: painting

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (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

  14. Drawing club

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new 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 all 11 for a reduced rate.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  15. Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and innovative experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

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