Drawing and painting: life and portraiture

Drawing & Painting: Life & Portraiture Courses - Online & 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 provides 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. Portrait studies from life
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get up close to the face via Zoom - an opportunity to observe detail and nuance that is not possible in the life studio. This course leads on from Module 1, but can be taken without that previous experience. It will develop methods such as proportions, tone, structure, while introducing colour and painting to represent portraits, referencing artists to inspire and inform. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  2. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  4. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  5. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, line, tone and volume of the human form which can then be developed into painting from the life model. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  6. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    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.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  7. Life drawing: extended study
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  8. Exploring portraiture
    Course Date:  Fri 22 Oct 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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Life drawing into life painting
    Course Date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00

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