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. Beginners' drawing intensive

    Beginners' drawing intensive

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An enjoyable and interesting introduction to drawing; explore traditional and less traditional methods as you draw simple objects. Get inspired by realist and more abstract approaches to start you on a new path in drawing.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Beginners' painting intensive

    Beginners' painting intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Abstract painting, focus on colour and large-scale techniques

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the Abstract Expressionists? Explore a range of large-scale painting techniques, including staining, squeegees, rollers and stencils. Learn how to investigate ideas in tone and colour, and develop the art of controlled experimentation! Some basic experience required.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Exploring and explaining abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical course that examines major themes in abstract painting, including colour, space, gesture and concept. Learn how to develop your own abstract images, explore different painting techniques, and begin to make connections with the key ideas that have shaped abstract painting.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Looking at painters: colour

    Looking at painters: colour

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A concise study of colour usage: using a range of different mediums we will explore the potential uses of colour in both painting and drawing. Looking at how artists have historically used colour to lead the viewer’s eye and create mood and atmosphere in their art work. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour. An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Start watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 5 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Looking at artists drawings: markmaking and texture

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Looking at artists drawings: studies

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one day course will explore how artists have researched and recorded sources to create iconic pieces of work. How did Da Vinci and Michelangelo make such detailed works of art? What technical data did they use to prepare for dramatic works of art and how can this be interpreted in the modern age? How do contemporary artists record studies for further use?
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Practical workshops for artists: gesso panels and egg tempera

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For clarity and brightness of colour, egg tempera is the perfect medium. Learn the recipe and technique of this ancient painting medium and learn to make your own traditional gesso panels.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Portraits 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

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