Drawing & Painting: Life & Portraiture Courses in London

From speed life drawing and painting portraits to more experimental approaches in studying the figure, we promise to have a life and portraiture course for all. Each of our specialist life drawing courses provide an opportunity to consider ways in which we view, study and perceive the figure in a personal way translating what we see into marks on paper.

Life and portraiture courses introduce the basics of anatomical structures and the fundamentals of figure and life drawing, exploring the basis of drawing and painting techniques to create representations that are either traditional, abstract or experimental.

Studying life and portraiture can be a great challenge and can really help develop other areas of students work as they move from drawing into painting or even into mixed media and 3-dimensional ways of working.

Our professional tutors will help to tackle those creative challenges and support beginners with no prior experience the basic knowledge of how to record the forms of the body and life studies. Our art studios offer space, light and plenty of opportunities to be creative in setting up life and portraiture settings using a host of life models.

Why not browse our range of courses in life and portraiture in London starting from just 2 hours long. Available afternoons, evenings and weekends, from beginner to intermediate level.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Start life drawing

    Start life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  2. Extreme life drawing: Strippers, Shibari and the ballet

    Extreme life drawing: Strippers, Shibari and the ballet

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To shine a spotlight on our exceptional tutor team in Visual Arts at City Lit, we are introducing a series of free talks lead by the tutors themselves where they discuss their unique art practice including what inspires and motivates them and how they make their work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

  4. Jan Nuckold

    Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  5. Life drawing after work

    Life drawing after work

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 4 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 a variety of poses.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  6. Watercolour painting studio: still-life

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £155.00

  7. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners and improvers. 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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  8. Portraits 2

    New
    Course Date: Mon 25 Jan 2021 (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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £180.00

  9. Experimental self portraits

    Experimental self portraits

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This energising new course includes practical experimental approaches to drawing portraits alongside an introduction to how artists have historically used the self-portrait and the contextual influences behind works by contemporary artists.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Exploring portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course will investigate unconventional approaches to drawing and painting the human face, guided through an exploration of the working methods of particular artists who disrupt or subvert traditional portraiture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  11. Watercolour painting studio: life painting

    Watercolour painting studio: life painting

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will give you all the basic techniques needed to start painting from the life model using watercolour with its wonderful qualities of light and fluidity.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £160.00

  12. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques

    Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques

    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces traditional historic approaches to drawing portraits from observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience an advantage.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Drawing and painting portraits: contemporary approaches and techniques

    New
    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces contemporary contexts for portrait painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience an advantage.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Life drawing and painting: contemporary approaches to the figure

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £120.00

  15. Life drawing in a day

    Life drawing in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

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