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. Portraits 2
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  2. Watercolour painting studio: life painting
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.



    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
  4. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  5. Oil painting: focus on portraiture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    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.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  6. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  7. Drawing and painting portraits: contemporary approaches and techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Mar 2022

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  8. Painting portraits: two session pose
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop a portrait from 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.



    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
  9. Explore portraiture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022

    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.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  11. Life drawing and painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.



    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 £146.00
  12. Life drawing and painting: experimental approaches to the figure
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to drawing the figure with a variety of media: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your 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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  13. Anatomical life drawing studio
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022

    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.



    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 £146.00
  14. Life painting weekend: expressionist approaches
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop a personal expressive response to life drawing and painting using a variety of techniques working from the life model. Explore mark-making, rich colour and dramatic contrast to explore and experiment with expressive and dynamic drawing and painting techniques, in response to examples of Expressionist artists styles and approaches.



    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

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