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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Experimental watercolour techniques and materials

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 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: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Learn to use: soft pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to achieve wonderfully luscious, velvety textured pastel paintings by experimenting with techniques such as blending and overlaying and through practical exercises, gain insight into suitable supports and subject matter.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (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

  8. Try it out: drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Oil painting projects

    Oil painting projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Paint a portrait in oils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Hand-on art history: muted colour

    Course Date: Thu 12 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    While we often privilege the brightest colours, this course will focus on how to make the most of muted colour. Taking inspiration examples from art history of grisaille, tonal painting, and the advantages of subdued colour you will practice these techniques before developing personal work of your own.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Try it out after work: 20 drawings in a night

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Beginners' painting projects

    Beginners' painting projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Over 4 Sundays, this course enables you to complete a painting project. Working to a given theme you will learn the process from start to finish of making a painting. Starting with making preparatory studies, you will work up to producing a finished painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  14. 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

  15. Learn to use: charcoal

    Learn to use: charcoal

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 (and 4 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

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