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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Drawing the moving figure

    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

  4. Draw a portrait: 2 session pose

    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

  5. Introduction to painting still-life

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the essentials of Still-life painting step by step, from paint handling and colour theory to composition.

    For absolute beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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    Anatomical portrait drawing

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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

    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

  8. Introduction to life drawing with ink and wash

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

  9. Introduction to contemporary portraits

    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
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to represent people in drawing and painting through practical experience of the basic skills and key concepts involved. Includes scale and proportion, tone, three dimensional form and colour. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Life drawing after work 1: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll 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 all levels.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Introduction to life drawing and painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, line, tone and volume of the human form which can then be developed into painting from the life model.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Portraiture studio: all levels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  14. 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

  15. Start life painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to painting directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in painting with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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