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

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £79.00

  2. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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 the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Developing watercolour

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the principles of the versatile medium of watercolour, including transparent colour mixing, mark-making and layering of textures and lines. Learn how to use watercolour mediums and experiment with personal expression as you complete a number of paintings.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Drawing: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no experience.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Drawing for sculpture and ceramics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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. In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Watercolour sketchbook: developing personal work

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ideal course for those with some watercolour skills and techniques who'd like to explore their own ideas within a sketchbook - a great place to experiment and develop theme and narrative.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 15 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: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  9. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 4 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of materials and approaches to develop your accuracy and creative potential in observational drawing. Building on your previous experience, learn to manipulate composition, surface and mark to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  10. Develop still life with ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for art students and for designers interested in watercolour techniques. Concentrating on the Still-life you will explore a variety of techniques and develop a fluidity of approach in using this exciting medium.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Drawing into watercolour

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, working both from observation and intuitively, on a journey through colour and mark-making.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 7 Nov 2019 (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

  13. Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this practical course for artists and makers will help you unlock ways of matching, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Painting the figure and portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 8 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to paint from a life model, full figure or portrait, with emphasis on portraiture. You will learn skills in observational painting, colour mixing and handling oil paints.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Life drawing and painting : focus on light and shade

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Light and shade will allow you to develop the form and volume of the human body: develop your skills in tone and chiaroscuro to create convincing life drawings and paintings.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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