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. Drawing for sculpture and ceramics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a variety of specialised drawing techniques to develop your ideas for three dimensional artwork in Sculpture and Ceramics. Study the drawing of sculptors and discover their processes of creative development. In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Watercolour sketchbook: developing personal work

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ideal course for those with some watercolour skills and techniques who'd like to explore their own ideas within a sketchbook - a great place to experiment and develop theme and narrative.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (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

  4. Develop still life with ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for art students and for designers interested in watercolour techniques. Concentrating on the Still-life you will explore a variety of techniques and develop a fluidity of approach in using this exciting medium.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Drawing into watercolour

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, working both from observation and intuitively, on a journey through colour and mark-making.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 7 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Drawing perspective: taking it further

    Course Date: Thu 7 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on a basic understanding of perspective, you'll further develop your ideas, drawing imagined or observed objects and spaces. There will also be the option to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor. Perspective, and other drawing systems, will help you visualise ideas and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Painting the figure and portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to paint from a life model, full figure or portrait, with emphasis on portraiture. You will learn skills in observational painting, colour mixing and handling oil paints.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this practical course for artists and makers will help you unlock ways of matching, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. Life drawing and painting : focus on light and shade

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Light and shade will allow you to develop the form and volume of the human body: develop your skills in tone and chiaroscuro to create convincing life drawings and paintings.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Painting and the creative imagination

    Painting and the creative imagination

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  12. Drawing techniques of the old masters

    Course Date: Tue 12 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Oil painting for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  14. Experimental watercolour techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 25 Nov 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Get skills in: proportional drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Nov 2019
    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 anyone engaged in figurative and representational drawing or painting. You will learn how to 'look' objectively and how to measure relative scales and object/form relationships.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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