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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Developing drawing and painting traditional portraits

    Developing drawing and painting traditional portraits

    Course Date: Tue 5 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your existing skills in drawing and painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle more complex projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style. For intermediate and advanced students.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Life painting

    Life painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting the nude figure has intrigued and challenged artists throughout the centuries. In this life painting course you will work with experienced life models and be taught following specially structured exercises to improve your skills in this fascinating and rewarding genre.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Life drawing: experimental approaches with mixed media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  6. Life drawing in depth

    Life drawing in depth

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  7. Anatomical life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Working with a life model to demonstrate the structures and the movements of muscles and bones. Anatomy is often key to understanding and depicting the body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Introduction to drawing portraits

    Introduction to drawing portraits

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Making portraits continues to fascinate artists, trying to capture appearance and personality in a single image. This course offers a solid introduction to drawing the human head and some aspects of the figure in a variety of media with the aim of getting a 'likeness'.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  9. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop a personal response to life painting using a variety of approaches. Explore mark-making, rich colour, thick paint, thin paint, dramatic contrast, anything one feel expresses a personal response to the model. This is a single pose, so students have the opportunity to either work on several paintings over the period or one sustained pose. You can use either oil or acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  10. Life painting: three-day pose

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Painting a portrait: 2 session pose

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a portrait from the life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Life painting: weekend pose

    Life painting: weekend pose

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending two Sundays 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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  13. Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the human body as an expressive form with a focus on the subtle and shifting colours within the skin. Use blending and layering techniques in both oil and acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  14. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the Figure and Portrait. You'll develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artist contexts for this genre.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessement' to begin your application.
    Full fee: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

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

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; 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 requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin an application.
    Full fee: £1,699.00
    Senior fee: £1,359.00
    Concession: £1,036.00

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