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. Painting techniques

    Painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes we adopt habitual ways of using paint not realising that there are innumerable approaches available to us. Discover different acrylic and oil paint techniques to help you explore the magic of painting more fully.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  2. Inspired by Georgio Morandi: painting stillness and light

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore colour and light in paint, with expert tutor guidance and reference to the inspirational still-life paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Morandi. Suitable for students with some painting experience; covers use of oils and/or acrylics.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Start painting

    Start painting

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  4. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of materials and approaches to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  6. Abstract drawing

    Abstract drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using a variety o drawing media. Explore mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  7. Sunday painting studio: personal projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    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

  8. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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, watercolour and oil paint.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  9. Large-scale drawing and painting

    Large-scale drawing and painting

    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 3 Feb 2020 (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.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  11. Drawing: focus on light and shade

    Drawing: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020 (and 3 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

  12. Painting from plants and flowers

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of techniques from Japanese flower painting, contemporary and abstract flower painting, to floral painting in textile design. Discover the history of painting flowers in art and design.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Oil painting: inspired by film noir

    Oil painting: inspired by film noir

    Course Date: Mon 17 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic film noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting.’.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. Lindy Clark

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020 (and 4 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 higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  15. Complete painting course: next steps

    Complete painting course: next steps

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part two of the complete painting course is the second stage of our Saturday Painting School, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will build on the skills learned in Complete Painting 1 (or similar courses) and develop your proficiency in the use of oil or acrylic paint.

    Please be aware that there will be an offsite visit on week 9: 16th March 2019.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

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