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. 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

  2. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £351.00
    Concession: £268.00

  3. Complete drawing course 2: intermediate follow on

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Complete Drawing Course part 2 is the second stage of our Saturday drawing school, offering a structured approach to observational drawing. Aimed at intermediate students, part 2 will build on previous drawing experience and explore the creative potential of drawing in more depth. There will be opportunities to develop an individual approach to drawing while exploring materials and drawing concepts. Available only to students currently enrolled on VH882.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  4. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Tue 26 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  5. Hands-on art history: Italian Renaissance painting techniques

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    While Florentine painters drew inspiration from classical Roman artefacts, the Venetians broke free from classical models and invented new forms of painting which anticipated Modernism. Take inspiration from masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and walk in the Old Master’s footsteps by experimenting with the painting techniques of the period.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Painting from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of techniques from Japanese flower painting, contemporary and abstract flower painting, to floral painting in textile design. Discover the history of painting flowers in art and design.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 1 Mar 2019 (and 3 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

  9. Painting 2: oils

    Painting 2: oils

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019
    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: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  10. Develop your drawing and painting

    Course Date: Sun 3 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  11. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 7 Mar 2019 (and 5 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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  13. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019 (and 2 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Abstract drawing

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  15. Oil painting projects

    Course Date: Fri 15 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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