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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Develop a formal approach to painting the figure through structured projects relating scale, proportion and colour to the human anatomy, posture and pose. Explore why the human form has proved a unique motif for artists.
A guided introduction to painting heads and faces. Learn how to mix flesh colours, compose your painting and model the forms of the head through colour and tone, bringing identity and expression to your work.
Develop your confidence and practical skills in painting the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive painting approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions, structure and flesh tones of the human figure.
Explore a range of media and imaginative/dynamic approaches to drawing the figure. Develop your observational drawing, inspire your interest in the subject or access new and innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
Engage in a diverse range of guided exercises and approaches to drawing the figure, employing a variety of media. A practical drawing course to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in figure drawing or access new and innovative ways of approaching the art of drawing itself.
Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
Develop your knowledge and skills in drawing portraits. Build your confidence with a range of drawing media and simple techniques. This course may provide a helpful introduction to a course in portrait painting.
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.
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.
In this course, working with the model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring different drawing approaches with references to historical and contemporary imagery pushing the boundaries of our current practice in exciting and experimental ways.
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.
Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind to enjoy experimentation and a range of ideas in creating compelling images of the human head and form.
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.