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.

Browse the Build blog;

Drawing and the art of mindfulness by Clare Barton-Harvey

Save the date:  Foundation Diploma Exhibition 2018, 21-24 March 2018, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London. View a gallery of images from 2014-2017.

Rodin, the father of modern sculpture

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

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  1. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sat 7 Jul 2018 (and 6 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

  2. Summer nights taster: mindfulness sketchbook walk

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us for a sketchbook walk around Covent Garden and the wider area to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing, we will examine our experience and open up to the magic and surprises that a summer evening in the city has to offer.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  3. Summer nights taster: watercolour techniques

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend an evening exploring simple and effective ways of sketching with watercolour.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  4. Drawing plants and flowers

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw plants and flowers from observation using a range of drawing techniques and mediums, including coloured pastels and inks. For all levels.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Introduction to drawing weekend

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Limber up your drawing skills with structured activities introducing key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  6. French weekend: inspired by the Impressionists, painting the landscape

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the French Impressionists we will make paintings and drawings from observation outdoors in the landscape ('en plein air'), with the possibility of developing these further back in the studio. The course will enable you to explore the possibilities of landscape painting.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Contemporary painting studio: evening summer school

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes. Ideal if you have completed Painting 1 and 2. This course is for intermediate level and above.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Learn to use: oil pastels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Painting studio: three-day painting project

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a personal painting project over three full days in a well equipped studio, with tutor advice and support.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Watercolour all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Devote a week of your summer to watercolour painting and be challenged to try or re-visit a number of watercolour techniques, considering process and colour as you focus on your favourite methods to develop a more personal body of work.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. Painting: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in art to create dramatic effects in painting. Make a still life come alive through the play of colour contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Start watercolour 1: learn about techniques and materials

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making, to enjoy exploring colour, and to see if you want to progress to the next level.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. How to compose a picture

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of composing a picture and discover why some compositions are more interesting than others. Explore compositional elements to help strengthen a picture and try out techniques such as ‘rule of thirds’ and the 'golden section’. Ideal for improving and learning new skills.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 11 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing exercises, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Learn to use: charcoal

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines.

    This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

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