Drawing and painting: life and portraiture

From beginners drawing to portrait painting, browse our large range of courses in drawing and painting from life. Part-time courses available afternoons, evenings and weekends, from beginner to advanced level.

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  1. Life painting: weekend pose

    Life painting: weekend pose

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending a whole weekend painting the human form from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive life painting.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Anatomical life and portrait drawing

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine key anatomical structures of the head and body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  3. Contemporary portraits: evening summer school

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Drawing and movement

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An expressive use of materials (charcoal, ink, paint) can communicate a sense of movement and 'life' from different subjects: the human figure, natural forms and alternative imagery. Some drawing experience would be an advantantage.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation. You’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to help you draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  6. Start life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Introduction to contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  8. Life drawing after work 1: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  9. Life drawing and painting studio

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students wishing to draw and paint from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  10. Portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  11. Theatrical life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Life models will explore expressive poses using masks, headdresses and props to explore different themes referencing mythology, film, literature and artists. Dramatic lighting and evocative music can also set the scene for a more imaginative response which may suggest personal narratives.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  12. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  13. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the Figure and Portrait. We'll visit galleries and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts for this genre.

    See a short video with students and tutors talking about this course on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £1,719.00
    Senior fee: £1,375.00
    Concession: £1,049.00

  14. Start life painting

    Course Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to painting directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in painting with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  15. Life drawing: develop experimental approaches

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of media and imaginative/dynamic approaches to drawing the figure to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in the subject or access new and innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £219.00

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