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. Experimental painting techniques

    Experimental painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  2. Start drawing

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018 (and 7 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: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  4. Large-scale drawing and painting

    Large-scale drawing and painting

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Start painting

    Start painting

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Watercolour: intermediate

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your existing watercolour skills, by working on a personal project. Guidance on techniques through practical exercises will enable you to explore and create a series of studies related to your chosen theme or idea. You will work towards producing more developed watercolour pieces.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Contemporary painting studio

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018 (and 4 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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  8. Hands on art history: responding to Picasso

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There are many faces to Picasso. During this practical course the group will examine and respond to some of the approaches to painting and drawing which Picasso gifted us: Cubism, Neo Classicism, and the inventive use of line which distinguishes his etchings. After exploring three of Picasso’s phases of work students will develop their personal projects.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018 (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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  10. Develop your drawing and painting

    Develop your drawing and painting

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018 (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: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  11. Painting 2

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018 (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: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  12. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Tue 27 Feb 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 1 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Painting from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of techniques from Japanese flower painting, contemporary and abstract flower painting, to floral painting in textile design. Discover the history of painting flowers in art and design.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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