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. Try it out: drawing and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the practice of mindfulness can enhance drawing and bring greater clarity of perception, energy and enrichment to it. Inspire your interest in the subject or access new ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  3. Watercolour: start to to paint landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Ideas into art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For practising and emerging artists: This is not a practical course, but could be seen as a series of group tutorials on practical and critical issues to help you realise a project. If you are considering this course, please contact your tutor with an outline of your proposed project to allow assessment of its suitability for course development: charles.chambers@citylit.ac.uk

    Please include as much detail as you can, including any forseen technical issues and/or theoretical problems.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Complete drawing course for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part one of the complete drawing course is the first stage of our Saturday drawing school, offering a structured approach to observational drawing. You'll explore proportion, line, tone, form and space using a range of techniques, approaches and materials. This can act as a stand-alone course, but you can continue to part 2 if you wish.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. Complete painting course for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part one of the complete painting course is the first stage of our Saturday painting school, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will learn about organising a palette, mixing colours, and applying paint to create a range of marks and textures. This course can be seen as a complete course in itself, or you can continue to part 2 if you wish.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Sunday painting studio: personal projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this intermediate level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  9. Learn to use: oil pastels

    Learn to use: oil pastels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 4 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

  11. Introduction to landscape drawing

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An ideal introduction to drawing outside; with guidance on materials and methods to enable you start drawing landscapes by yourself, or as a taster for further study.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  12. Essence of movement: Dynamic drawing from dance sketchbook with English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A fantastic opportunity to develop fast sketching techniques, drawing English National Ballet's world-class dancers during their warm-up class on stage at Sadler’s Wells theatre as they prepare to perform Akram Kahn's Giselle.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  15. Drawing club

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new Friday evening drop-in drawing club. Discover new drawing techniques and develop your skills further by responding to a diverse range of briefs and projects that will take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each session will deal with a different approach. You can book individual sessions for a reduced hourly rate or book individual sessions via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawing-club-vh876-tickets-49642137971.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

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