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. Exploring nature in glorious colour

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  2. Drawing and painting: personal projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in drawing and painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed 'Drawing 1' or ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent drawing and painting courses.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  3. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Abstract drawing

    Abstract drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Watercolour: landscape painting project

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shadow, space and colour. This course focuses on applying techniques to develop your individual landscape project. PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE IN THE STUDIO, NOT OUTSIDE.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  7. Oil painting projects

    Oil painting projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 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 over various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Painting and the creative imagination

    Painting and the creative imagination

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  9. Painting 3: reading a paint surface

    Painting 3: reading a paint surface

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop rich and varied paintings by identifying where the paint handling engages and excites, and discover unexpected and challenging ways to take your work forward.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Introduction to oil painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the beautiful 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Experimental watercolour techniques and materials

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  12. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jun 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  13. Start a sketchbook

    Start a sketchbook

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 1 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to learn how to draw in a sketchbook? In three evenings you’ll draw and sketch a variety of subjects, including some work outside the studio at a surprise location near to City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  14. Start abstract painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  15. Drawing for sculpture and ceramics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020
    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. (Tate Modern Research session - Friday 26 July 2019, from 6pm – 10pm). In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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