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. Life drawing after work: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 21 Jun 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    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

  2. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Weekend
    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

  3. Introduction to life drawing

    Introduction to life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. Anatomical life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 28 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. Life drawing: all levels

    Life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jul 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Summer nights taster: speed life drawing

    Evening
    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

  7. Paint a portrait in oils

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  8. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  9. Life painting: three-day pose

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  10. Drawing the moving figure

    New
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to respond quickly to the moving figure via a range of exciting quick sketching techniques. You will explore expressive mark-making to produce dynamic intuitive drawings from life.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Draw a portrait: 2 session pose

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw a portrait from the life model who will keep the same pose over 2 sessions. This long pose will enable you to develop a sustained study with the aim of resolving a finished piece of work by the end of the course.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Introduction to painting still-life

    New
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £199.00

  13. Drawing from observation: figures, faces and still lives

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing from observation is a great discipline as it teaches you how to truly see. You wil learn how to see proportion in terms of basic form and structure and how to develop volume, texture and pattern through the use of tone and line.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Introductuction life drawing with ink and wash

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £149.00

  15. Introduction to contemporary portraits

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019
    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: £349.00

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