Drawing & Painting Courses in London

Learning to draw can be fulfilling, frustrating, challenging, rewarding and relaxing. We offer drawing courses for the complete beginner, as well as a range of courses to develop your skills - from the use of colour and creating portraits to developing sketchbooks. Our expert tutors will guide and develop your skills and also give you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students. Come and enjoy these popular classes - but hurry, as they do tend to fill up quickly.

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  1. Learn to use: charcoal

    Learn to use: charcoal

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Nov 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Start life drawing

    Start life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Developing watercolour intensive

    Course Date: Mon 9 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Condense your learning on this 3 day intensive course. Working from still life explore a variety of application techniques such as layering, masking-out and creating textures to gain a grounding in the rich possibilities of the watercolour medium.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Beginners drawing intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Dec 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills through this intensive course. Each day will focus on an aspect of drawing, covering key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Beginners painting intensive

    Beginners painting intensive

    Course Date: Mon 9 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Learn to use: oil painting mediums

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when oil painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of oil painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of oil painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 12 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.

    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  8. Learn to use: watercolour techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Get skills in: stretching and priming canvas

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  10. 50 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  11. Develop your drawing and painting

    Develop your drawing and painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark-making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  14. Oil painting: focus on light

    Oil painting: focus on light

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the magical interaction between light and shadows, through the medium of oil paint.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

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