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. Watercolour: intermediate and advanced

    Watercolour: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Tue 28 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to extend your watercolour personal project towards more abstract exploration of techniques, through discussion, guidance and encouragement from the tutor and group.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  2. Introduction to drawing perspective

    Course Date: Fri 31 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the practical and creative use of perspective. Lively exercises lead up to drawing in perspective from observation and imagined objects and spaces. This course is for a perfect introduction to perspective drawing for beginners. There will also be the option for you to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor.

    Perspective and other drawing systems will enable visualisation of ideas.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  3. From observation to abstraction: a sketchbook journey

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using your sketchbook as a safe experimental place you will start by developing a series of observational drawings from which to explore abstraction using the creative cycle. You will have the opportunity to explore the context and concepts behind 20th century abstract art in the western world and demystify abstraction and apply in your own creative practice.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Contemporary drawing studio

    Contemporary drawing studio

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Creative, challenging projects to develop your drawing and to communicate your ideas in charcoal, graphite, ink and collage. Discover how your drawing fits the contemporary context through investigation of a variety of exciting artists.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Learn to use: acrylic painting mediums

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when acrylic painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of acrylic painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of acrylic painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Experience: oil painting

    Experience: oil painting

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience painting in oils. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way to start oil painting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Hands-on art history: Dutch painting from Rubens to Rembrandt

    Course Date: Fri 7 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rubens pioneered a vibrant, light-filled method of oil painting which influenced many artists who followed him such as Van Dyck, Rembrandt and the English painter Gainsborough. This course will examine the technique of Rubens and his followers layer by layer, from initial underpainting to the final fleshing out of figures. Students will acquire new methods of oil painting to achieve Old Master effects in their own work.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Exploring nature in glorious colour

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee: £489.00
    Senior fee: £391.00
    Concession: £298.00

  9. Painting 2

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jun 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Painting 3: reading a paint surface

    Painting 3: reading a paint surface

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop rich and varied paintings by identifying where the paint handling engages and excites, and discover unexpected and challenging ways to take your work forward.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  11. Drawing perspective: taking it further

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on a basic understanding of perspective, you'll further develop your ideas, drawing imagined or observed objects and spaces. There will also be the option to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor. Perspective, and other drawing systems, will help you visualise ideas and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Abstract drawing

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Oil painting projects

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Painting and the creative imagination

    Painting and the creative imagination

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  15. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    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

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