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. Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  2. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Watercolour plus

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Once you have learnt some basic skills in this fascinating medium you are ready for the next step - to experiment with new techniques to create more exciting work.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Watercolour: start working from still-life

    Course Date: Fri 4 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and learn about primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques used for painting still life compositions on both a small and a larger scale.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 7 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of materials and approaches to develop your accuracy and creative potential in observational drawing. Building on your previous experience, learn to manipulate composition, surface and mark to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  6. Autumn landscape drawing

    Course Date: Tue 8 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This 2-day course is an opportunity to explore pastels &/or pencil drawing methods for landscape drawing in autumn colours, through working in two different London locations.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Start watercolour painting: the basics

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For those with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. EDAM

    Extended drawing for artists and makers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application. EDAM Handbook



    EDAM Archive.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £999.00
    Concession: £609.00

  9. Inspired by Georgio Morandi: painting stillness and light

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you’ve some painting experience already, a great opportunity to explore colour and light in paint, using either oils or acrylics, with expert tutor guidance and reference to Morandi’s work.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  10. Introduction to exploring nature in glorious colour

    Course Date: Tue 15 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the glorious colours in nature on this introductory course. Working in a sketchbook, you will learn to observe and render the colours found in nature. By engaging in a a series of quick exercises and making multiple studies you will build up confidence in using colour and a sketchbook resource to help you progress in the genre.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Visual research skills for painters

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do you develop your ideas from initial sketch or project, and into a considered composition?

    On this practical course you will employ a variety of ways to develop your visual ideas, such as working with photographs, collage, projections, subject research, expermentation of materials etc.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Paint a portrait in oils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a painting from the life model using the timeless qualities of oil paint. A structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  14. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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 the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Drawing: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in art to create dramatic effects in drawing. Make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

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