Drawing and painting

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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Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Beginners painting intensive

    Course Date: Mon 22 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Get skills in: drawing interior space in perspective

    Course Date: Fri 26 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for anyone depicting interiors in their work, whether that be from observation or imagined spaces. You will learn the skills needed to draw interior spaces in perpective.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Watercolour techniques

    Course Date: Mon 29 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the principles of the versatile medium of watercolour, including transparent colour mixing, mark-making and layering of textures and lines. Learn how to use watercolour mediums and experiment with personal expression as you complete a number of paintings.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Introduction to exploring nature in glorious colour

    Course Date: Tue 30 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the glorious colours in nature on this introductory course. Working in a sketchbook, you will learn to observe and render the colours found in nature. By engaging in a a series of quick exercises and making multiple studies you will build up confidence in using colour and a sketchbook resource to help you progress in the genre.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018 (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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  7. Drawing towards sculpture and ceramics

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lean and develop a variety of basic three dimensional drawing techniques to convey an initial doodle to developing the idea, commission or instruction. You will visit the Tate Britain on the first day of the course - Saturday 3rd November - to explore various sculptors who use drawing in their art practice and finished sculptures. The next 3 sessions Tuesday 6-9pm (6th, 13th and 20th November) will take place at Build.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018 (and 3 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

  9. Autumn colours: landscape drawing in pastels

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Starting in the Build studio, a short introduction to the rich potential of using colour in pastels will lead to working offsite; you’ll learn ways to explore and develop your pastel techniques, working from observation in two different London parks.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Drawing into watercolour

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, working both from observation and intuitively, on a journey through colour and mark-making.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  11. Drawing techniques of the Old Masters

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  12. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Drawing perspective: taking it further

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Painting the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Fri 9 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to paint from a life model, full figure or portrait, with emphasis on portraiture. You will learn skills in observational painting, colour mixing and handling oil paints.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  15. Exploring colour for artists and makers

    Course Date: Fri 9 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this practical course for artists and makers will help you unlock ways of matching, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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