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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

    Course Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
    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

  6. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 7 Oct 2019
    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

  7. Life painting: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

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