Drawing & Painting: Life & Portraiture Courses in London

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 drawing after work

    Life drawing after work

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 20 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with different poses.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Contemporary approaches to drawing and painting the figure

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course we will push the boundaries of current life drawing practice in exciting and experimental ways. Working from the live model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring unusual drawing approaches with reference to both contemporary and historic artists.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Life and portrait

    Life and portrait

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try your hand at drawing from the live model and explore the fascinating world of depicting the human form, both face and body.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Paint a portrait in oils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Try it out: life drawing

    Try it out: life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 2 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Try it out after work: speed life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 3 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced evening that combines practical exercises with theory and techniques.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Painting a portrait from photographs

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new portrait course will show you how to develop a painting with vitality and a convincing ‘likeness’, by working from photographs. It will take inspiration from artists whose paintings explore the human face and use photographic sources in a compelling way.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  8. 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

  9. Expressionist life painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Contemporary portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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!
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  12. Life drawing: all levels

    Life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this enduring and fascinating genre, including: proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making and taking inspiration from other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. Drawing and painting from the life model: extended study

    Drawing and painting from the life model: extended study

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Exploring contemporary portraiture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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