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 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. 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

  3. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 3 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 media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Looking at artists drawings: studies

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one day course will explore how artists have researched and recorded sources to create iconic pieces of work. How did Da Vinci and Michelangelo make such detailed works of art? What technical data did they use to prepare for dramatic works of art and how can this be interpreted in the modern age? How do contemporary artists record studies for further use?
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Learn to use: acrylic painting mediums

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when acrylic painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of acrylic painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of acrylic painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Practical workshops for artists: gesso panels and egg tempera

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For clarity and brightness of colour, egg tempera is the perfect medium. Learn the recipe and technique of this ancient painting medium and learn to make your own traditional gesso panels.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Watercolour painting studio: all levels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is a beautiful medium with a long tradition: in this class you can work at your own level within a relaxed supportive environment, learn new techniques and develop existing ones.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Portraits 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  12. Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Explore colour in painting

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Drawing with colour

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

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