Drawing and painting

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.

Browse the Build blog;

Drawing and the art of mindfulness by Clare Barton-Harvey

Save the date:  Foundation Diploma Exhibition 2018, 21-24 March 2018, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London. View a gallery of images from 2014-2017.

Rodin, the father of modern sculpture

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Abstract drawing

    Abstract drawing

    Course Date: Tue 22 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Exchange realistic depictions for exciting new visual experiences 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. Painting club

    Course Date: Fri 25 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new Friday evening painting club. Taking a relaxed approach, discover new painting techniques by responding to set briefs . Over the 6 weeks, there will be 3 projects lasting for 2 sessions each. The projects are designed to take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each project will deal with a different approach to painting. The painting club is ideal for those wishing to make the most of Friday evenings doing something they enjoy with others.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  3. Watercolour: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Tue 29 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to extend your watercolour personal project towards more abstract exploration of techniques, through discussion, guidance and encouragement from the tutor and group.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Introduction to drawing perspective

    Introduction to drawing perspective

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the practical and creative use of perspective. Lively exercises lead up to drawing in perspective from observation and imagined objects and spaces. This course is for a perfect introduction to perspective drawing for beginners. There will also be the option for you to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor.

    Perspective and other drawing systems will enable visualisation of ideas.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. From observation to abstraction: a sketchbook journey

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using your sketchbook as a safe experimental place you will start by developing a series of observational drawings from which to explore abstraction using the creative cycle. You will have the opportunity to explore the context and concepts behind 20th century abstract art in the western world and demystify abstraction and apply in your own creative practice.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Sun 3 Jun 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. EDAM workshop

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A chance for more studio time to work on your individual EDAM projects before the final Exhibition. Perfect for students on the EDAM course who would like to extend their working day. An Edam tutor will be on hand to offer one to one advice and support for your project, while you utilise the facilities and studio space.
    Full fee: £75.00
    Senior fee: £75.00
    Concession: £75.00

  8. Reading a paint surface

    Course Date: Thu 7 Jun 2018
    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  9. Hands-on art history: Dutch painting from Rubens to Rembrandt

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rubens pioneered a vibrant, light-filled method of oil painting which influenced many artists who followed him such as Van Dyck, Rembrandt and the English painter Gainsborough. This course will examine the technique of Rubens and his followers layer by layer, from initial underpainting to the final fleshing out of figures. Students will acquire new methods of oil painting to achieve Old Master effects in their own work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Painting from scratch

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the essentials of painting step by step, from paint handling and colour theory to composition and still life. For absolute beginners.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  11. Experience: drawing

    Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Sun 10 Jun 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and innovative experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  12. Painting and the creative imagination

    Course Date: Sun 17 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Experience: oil painting

    Course Date: Thu 21 Jun 2018
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  14. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  15. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Sun 1 Jul 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

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