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: watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Mar 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Learn to use: charcoal

    Learn to use: charcoal

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 (and 2 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

  3. Get skills in: drawing in perspective

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing systems such as perspective, isometric and shading models will be explored, developed and applied to imagined and observed objects and spaces. This will enable you to visualise ideas through the use of these systems and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Drawing traditional portraits: 2 day pose

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your portrait drawing skills using traditional methods of observation. Working from a variety of portrait models you will work predominately with charcoal and pencil. This is a mixed ability course open to all levels.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Try it out: oil painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience painting in oils. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way to start oil painting.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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. Watercolour painting studio: personal development

    Course Date: Mon 30 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Devote some time this summer to watercolour painting and be challenged to try or re-visit a number of watercolour techniques, considering process and colour as you focus on your favourite methods to develop a more personal body of work.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Oil painting: focus on light

    Oil painting: focus on light

    Course Date: Tue 31 Mar 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

  10. Beginners' drawing intensive

    Beginners' drawing intensive

    Course Date: Tue 31 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills over three intensive days. 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: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Try it out after work: oil painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 1 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting. Learn how to start a painting, organise a palette, mix colours and create texture using a range of techniques and exercises inspired by artists.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Learn to use: oil pastels

    Learn to use: oil pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 1 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £48.00

  13. Try it out: painting

    Try it out: painting

    Course Date: Thu 2 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Try it out after work: speed life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 3 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced evening that combines practical exercises with theory and techniques.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Mindfulness and creativity weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and from the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

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