Art & design

Build Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

New courses for 2018/19 coming Friday 8th June

Build Art School - drop-in advice and portfolio reviews

Build Art School - summer shows 2018

Connectivity on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Retouching your photographs for beginners

    Course Date: Wed 15 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance your photographs. Explore basic retouching techniques including enhancing colour, removing unwanted items, clearing skin imperfections and reshaping objects and people.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Watercolour on location weekend

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This lively watercolour course starts in the studio where you will develop colour mixing and watercolour techniques particular to cityscapes. Then you will put these skills into practice making a series of paintings on location in the city and by the Thames. Suitable for those with some watercolour experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Jewellery making: bespoke clasps and catches

    Jewellery making: bespoke clasps and catches

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fabrication of bespoke clasps and catches is a fantastic way to enhance and consolidate a piece of jewellery, making it truly unique. On this course you will refine your jewellery-making skills whilst adapting a catch/mechanism to your own design.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  4. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018 (and 5 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: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 11 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This exciting course is a chance to develop key creative skills and approaches to art and design in 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies. If you complete stage 1 successfully you'll be able to progress onto stage 2 of the formal Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £519.00
    Concession: £162.00

  6. Art history taster

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is all about? Not sure you want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session and enjoy exploring a few paintings in depth.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  7. Glazing your work

    Course Date: Sun 16 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics summer courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Painting and colouring in Photoshop: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun practical introduction to using a Wacom tablet and the brushes in Photoshop to create and creatively paint and colour your images.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Cutting out images in Photoshop

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Being able to remove unwonted backgrounds and re touch areas in images is key for preparing images for any Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation or Film work. Learn how to identify and use the appropriate selection tools and cloning tool to select and retouch your images.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Introduction to: watercolour painting

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  11. Drawing and movement

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An expressive use of materials (charcoal, ink, paint) can communicate a sense of movement and 'life' from different subjects: the human figure, natural forms and alternative imagery. Some drawing experience would be an advantantage.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Bookbinding: long stitch, coptic and secret Belgian bindings

    Bookbinding: long stitch, coptic and secret Belgian bindings

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Immerse yourself in ancient, medieval and contemporary sewing techniques to create attractive multi-section books using leather and decorated papers. These flexible books require little or no glue and the pages open completely flat.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Create a short film in 6 weeks

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always wanted to make a film but didn’t know where to start? This practical course will guide you through all the film making processes including scripting, filming and recording sound and editing and exporting your own short film. This course will be held at Build although some filming may take place off site.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  14. Build beginners' jewellery

    Build beginners' jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our year long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basics in everything from research and design to technical skills including soldering, annealing, etching and stone setting.
    Full fee: £1,229.00
    Senior fee: £983.00
    Concession: £750.00

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