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: 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

  2. 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

  3. Beginners' drawing intensive

    Beginners' drawing intensive

    Course Date: Tue 31 Mar 2020 (and 3 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Drawing and painting techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 6 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combine methods gleaned from art history with the diverse practices of contemporary art and explore a storehouse of mixed-media drawing and painting techniques.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Moving from drawing into painting

    Course Date: Mon 6 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. Abstract painting, focus on colour and large-scale techniques

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the Abstract Expressionists? Explore a range of large-scale painting techniques, including staining, squeegees, rollers and stencils. Learn how to investigate ideas in tone and colour, and develop the art of controlled experimentation! Some basic experience required.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Beginners' painting intensive

    Beginners' painting intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Looking at painters: colour

    Looking at painters: colour

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  13. Start watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Exploring and explaining abstract painting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical course that examines major themes in abstract painting, including colour, space, gesture and concept. Learn how to develop your own abstract images, explore different painting techniques, and begin to make connections with the key ideas that have shaped abstract painting.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  15. Looking at artists drawings: markmaking and texture

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

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