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

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  1. Painting club

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new painting club. Taking a relaxed approach, discover new painting techniques by responding to set briefs. Over the duration of the course, there will be different projects lasting for 2 sessions each. The projects are designed to take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each project will deal with a different approach to painting.

    Book for individual sessions on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/painting-club-vm930-tickets-49471770397.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  2. Experience: watercolour painting

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  3. Complete drawing course 1: beginners

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part one of the complete drawing course is the first stage of our Saturday drawing school, offering a structured approach to observational drawing. You'll explore proportion, line, tone, form and space using a range of techniques, approaches and materials. This can act as a stand-alone course, but you can continue to part 2 if you wish.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Complete painting course 1: beginners

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part one of the complete painting course is the first stage of our Saturday painting school, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will learn about organising a palette, mixing colours, and applying paint to create a range of marks and textures. This course can be seen as a complete course in itself, or you can continue to part 2 if you wish.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  5. Surrealist Sundays. Photo: The Surrealists, Paris, 1933

    Surrealist Sundays

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how the early Surrealists used ‘games’ to explore and inspire ideas of creative freedom. Take part in a series of practical exercises, using a range of mixed media, encouraging chance, risk and spontaneity in your artistic practice.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Learn to use: oil pastels

    Learn to use: oil pastels

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  8. Experience: drawing

    Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 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 try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  10. Essence of movement: Dynamic drawing from dance sketchbook with English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A fantastic opportunity to develop fast sketching techniques, drawing professional dancers during their warm-up on stage at Sadler’s Wells.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  11. Investigative sketchbook: streets, history, culture

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw, record and research an historic London street and learn how to work with fragments of collected visual information to build up a sketchbook record of the rich social history of the location.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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 in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Start painting

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018 (and 7 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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  15. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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