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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Portrait painting: two-day pose for intermediates

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending two Sundays painting a portrait from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive portrait painting.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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 and 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

  15. 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

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