Drawing and painting: life and portraiture

From beginners drawing to portrait painting, browse our large range of courses in drawing and painting from life. Part-time courses available afternoons, evenings and weekends, from beginner to advanced level.

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  1. Portraits 1

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  2. Life painting

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  3. Contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind to enjoy experimentation and a range of ideas in creating compelling images of the human head and form.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  4. Structured life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from the nude model with structured teaching. Explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark-making with reference to other artists. For beginners as well as intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  5. Life drawing after work part 2 : intermediate to advanced

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with different poses.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Introduction to painting

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fundamental skills of painting alongside discussions on contemporary artists and their work. Explore different types of paint, painting methods and techniques. Ideal if you have little or no previous experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  7. Life drawing for the terrified

    Course Date: Thu 5 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation; you’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Drawing and painting traditional portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  9. Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive drawing approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions and structure of the human figure.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Contemporary portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  11. Drawing and painting from the life model: Saturday studio

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students wishing to draw and paint from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation. You’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to help you draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

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