Drawing & Painting: Life & Portraiture Courses in London

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. Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the human body as an expressive form with a focus on the subtle and shifting colours within the skin. Use blending and layering techniques in both oil and acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  2. Life drawing in depth

    Life drawing in depth

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019
    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  3. Life drawing after work: all levels

    Course Date: Fri 21 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £109.00

  4. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 23 Jun 2019
    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: £69.00

  5. Introduction to life drawing

    Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jun 2019
    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

  6. Anatomical life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 28 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Working with a life model to demonstrate the structures and the movements of muscles and bones. Anatomy is often key to understanding and depicting the body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Life drawing: all levels

    Life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. Summer nights taster: speed life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    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

  9. Paint a portrait in oils

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  11. Life painting: three-day pose

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Build year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 7 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the Figure and Portrait. You'll develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artist contexts for this genre.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessement' to begin your application.
    Full fee: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

  13. Build year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin an application.
    Full fee: £1,699.00
    Senior fee: £1,359.00
    Concession: £1,036.00

  14. Drawing and painting traditional portraits: intermediate to advanced

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your existing skills in drawing and painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle more complex projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style. For intermediate and advanced students.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  15. Start drawing portraits

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Build your confidence in working from the model. Start with pencil and charcoal, learning the technical side of drawing, and proceed into colour, using chalk pastels to explore the expressive possibilities of portraiture.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

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