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. Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media

    Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 27 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience a diverse range of guided exercises and approaches to drawing the figure, employing a variety of media. A practical drawing course to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in figure drawing or access new and innovative ways of approaching the art of drawing itself.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

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    Anatomical portrait drawing

    Course Date: Fri 29 Mar 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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Paint a portrait in oils

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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 draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Life painting: two-day pose for intermediates

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending two Sundays painting the human form from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive life painting.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

  6. Portrait painting: two-day pose for intermediates

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending two Sundays painting a portrait from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive portrait painting.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

  7. Spring nights taster: speed life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 12 Apr 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: £18.00

  8. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 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: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  9. Expressionist life painting

    Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Life drawing after work: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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 life models in different poses, using a range of drawing materials. For all levels of ability.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  12. Life drawing: all levels

    Life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this enduring and fascinating genre, including: proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making and taking inspiration from other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  13. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Introduction to drawing portraits

    Introduction to drawing portraits

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Making portraits continues to fascinate artists, trying to capture appearance and personality in a single image. This course offers a solid introduction to drawing and the human head and some aspects of the figure in a variety of media with the aim of getting a 'likeness'.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  15. Life painting: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting the nude figure has intrigued and challenged artists throughout the centuries. In this 5 week all day life painting class you will work with experienced life models and be taught following specially structured exercises to improve your skills in this fascinating and rewarding genre.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £289.00

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