Art & Design Courses in London

Build Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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  1. Introduction to Shibori dyeing

    Introduction to Shibori dyeing

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shibori is an exciting way of using traditional resist techniques to create unique patterns and shapes whilst dyeing fabric. We will explore folding, tieing, and stitching materials, before immersing them in synthetic and natural dyes.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Contemporary collage projects: 2

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE PART 2” is the second course a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions.

    It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish.

    We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  3. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is organised thematically covering the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A four day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Experimental painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Test unorthodox ways of layering and combining oil and acrylic media, including silk-screen print techniques for development in the painting studio. An intermediate course for painters who wish to learn more about paint application techniques and contemporary visual language.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  6. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Photography for beginners with Adobe Lightroom

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly to produce impressive photographs, then learn to use Adobe Lightroom to edit, manipulate and manage your images.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You'll need to bring your own iPad and copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. Painting 2

    Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  10. Painting techniques

    Painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sometimes we adopt habitual ways of using paint not realising that there are innumerable approaches available to us. Discover different acrylic and oil paint techniques to help you explore the magic of painting more fully.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  11. Printmaking club

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These are popular tutor-led printmaking studio sessions that can be booked individually as required. You have the option to join in the taught themes or you can work on your own personal projects. Ideal for students with some experience of printmaking.

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    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  12. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Design with Photoshop and Illustrator: fast track

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and experiment with a range of techniques that integrate vector and raster images and graphics used for illustration, packaging, info graphics and promotional materials.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Creative sketchbook with printmaking

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Produce a stand-out, experimental sketchbook of printmaking ideas. Working in and from your sketchbook, explore and develop printmaking and mixed media techniques that reflect your ideas and introduce exciting new ways of working. Create an exciting resource to inform your printmaking, painting or collage work, or let the sketchbook be an artwork in itself.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Focus on: Albrecht Dürer

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most innovative German artists of his time: Albrecht Dürer. See how he assimilated the art of Venice into his style and exploited the possibilities of print. #onedaycourse.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  16. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019 (and 2 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

  17. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019 (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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  18. Build Pro: commercial photography skills intensive

    Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer's assistant? Pick up all the skills you'll need on this practical course covering everything from camera systems, lighting solutions and paperwork to software workflow using Capture One Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop. Tutors: Ed Gregory, Matthew Ward.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  19. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  20. Illustration for beginners

    Illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  21. Advanced animation and professional development

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    On this fast paced practical course you will not only learn advanced animation techniques and get expert guidance on your own animation project but you will also learn how to position yourself within the animation industry and apply for commissions and funding.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £719.00
    Concession: £548.00

  22. Japanese woodcut

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over six weeks. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.

    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  23. Calligraphy

    Course Date: Thu 31 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the principles and explore the essential steps of calligraphy work using a range of tools and techniques to create an individual piece. Suitable for beginners as well as improvers, left or right handers welcome.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  24. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Thu 31 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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