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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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 acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. 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

  5. Drawing: focus on space and depth

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in art to create dramatic effects in drawing. Make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Hands-on art history: modern colour

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting has developed as human vision evolved and the scientific discovery of colour interaction in the 19th century gave birth to vibrant art movements. On this practical painting course you will take inspiration form Seurat, Matisse, Whistler, Monet Mark Rothko and William Nicholson and explore these pioneering approaches to colour in your own work.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Draw, paint, print

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will put together a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Oil painting: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A session for all levels of ability to work alongside each other with expert tuition from the tutor. There will be an introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting for those beginning to use oils, while more experienced students will consolidate their knowledge. Experience the whole process from your initial idea; starting a painting, organising a palette, mixing colours and creating texture using a range of techniques and exercises inspired by artists.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  9. Painting 3: paint handling, scale and surface

    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from the course 'Painting 2', enhance your paint handling skills and understanding of the dynamics of a painted surface, through a series of set projects and short critical discussions. Examine the role of painting tools, marks and scale in building a painting.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Colour course for painters

    Colour course for painters

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 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 acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Watercolour plus

    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a new course incorporating oil and soft pastels with watercolour to make images in situ in the Urban Cityscape in central London.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  12. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 May 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  13. Sketchbook drawing: shapes of the river

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a sketchbook to document and experiment, you will develop a series of sketches (on location)

    based on observation of the varied forms/ shapes on and around the river, as you draw in black/white & colour.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  14. Landscape drawing

    Landscape drawing

    Course Date: Tue 5 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Starting in the City Lit drawing studio, you will be introduced to materials and techniques. The course will then meet at different locations to explore both monochrome and colour drawings, based on observation of landscape areas.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  15. Developing watercolour: still-life and life painting

    Developing watercolour: still-life and life painting

    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to apply key watercolour techniques to observational painting. Starting with still-life and progressing to the figure as your subject matter.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

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