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. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Drawing from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. 50 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 8 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  4. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 15 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  7. Try it out: drawing and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the practice of mindfulness can enhance drawing and bring greater clarity of perception, energy and enrichment to it. Inspire your interest in the subject or access new ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Watercolour: start to paint landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Complete painting course for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part one of the complete painting course is the first stage of our Saturday painting school, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will learn about organising a palette, mixing colours, and applying paint to create a range of marks and textures. This course can be seen as a complete course in itself, or you can continue to part 2 if you wish.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Try it out: drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 4 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

  13. Introduction to landscape drawing

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An ideal introduction to drawing outside; with guidance on materials and methods to enable you start drawing landscapes by yourself, or as a taster for further study.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  14. Essence of movement: Dynamic drawing from dance sketchbook with English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A fantastic opportunity to develop fast sketching techniques, drawing English National Ballet's world-class dancers during their warm-up class and rehearsal at their brand new building on London City Island as they prepare to perform this season's productions.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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