Drawing & Painting Courses in London

Learning to draw can be fulfilling, frustrating, challenging, rewarding and relaxing. We offer drawing courses for the complete beginner, as well as a range of courses to develop your skills - from the use of colour and creating portraits to developing sketchbooks. Our expert tutors will guide and develop your skills and also give you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students. Come and enjoy these popular classes - but hurry, as they do tend to fill up quickly.

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  1. Working with the imagination: water-based mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in drawing and painting with water-based mixed media such as ink, acrylic, and water-soluble graphite. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting exercises.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  2. Hands-on art history: modern colour

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting has developed as human vision evolved and the scientific discovery of colour interaction in the 19th century gave birth to vibrant art movements. On this practical painting course you will take inspiration form Seurat, Matisse, Whistler, Monet Mark Rothko and William Nicholson and explore these pioneering approaches to colour in your own work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  12. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 4 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  13. Large-scale drawing and painting

    Course Date: Mon 4 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Start painting

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  15. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic, watercolour and oil paint.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

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