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. Life drawing in depth

    Course Date: Tue 29 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  2. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Wed 30 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  3. Experimental approaches to portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of experimental methods, materials and approaches to drawing portraits. Develop a personal response to the sitter by using mark, surface, texture and gesture to convey emotion and meaning. For intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Life drawing after work

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 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 life models in different poses, using a range of drawing materials.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  5. Summer nights taster: speed life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced evening that combines practical exercises with theory and techniques.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  6. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop a personal response to life painting using a variety of approaches. Explore mark-making, rich colour, thick paint, thin paint, dramatic contrast, anything one feel expresses a personal response to the model.



    This is a single pose, so students have the opportunity to either work on several paintings over the period or one sustained pose. You can use either oil or acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  7. Life painting: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or further develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. This includes use of tone, colour selection, composition, paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Drawing and painting portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the enjoyment of drawing and painting portraits, learning some of the skills and ideas involved, including structure and proportion, tone, colour, pose and expression. Suitable for all levels of experience.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Introduction to life drawing

    Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Through a series of guided drawing exercises this course encourages an analytical approach to life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Painting the clothed figure: three-day project, colour, pattern and texture

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new workshop offers three days of painting the human form, clothed in vibrantly coloured and patterned fabric inspired by the artist Sonia Delaunay. Suitable for intermediate and advanced students; not for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Paint a portrait in oils

    Course Date: Sat 28 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the magic of oil paint while painting from the live model. You'll be given technical advice, such as colour mixing and how to get a likeness, as well as exploring expression and mark making.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Life painting: weekend pose

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending a whole weekend painting the human form from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive life painting.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. Anatomical life and portrait drawing

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine key anatomical structures of the head and body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  14. Contemporary portraits: evening summer school

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Build year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the Figure and Portrait. We'll visit galleries and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts for this genre.

    See a short video with students and tutors talking about this course on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £1,719.00
    Senior fee: £1,375.00
    Concession: £1,049.00

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