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. The essence of movement: dynamic drawing from dance with the English National Ballet

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting intensive course combining drawing workshops at The London Coliseum sketching professional dancers in warm-up class, and studio based experimental 'dynamic drawing' projects in mixed-media at Build, inspired by the 'live' sketchbook work.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Fri 5 Jan 2018 (and 2 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

  3. Experience: painting

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting .
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  4. Painting studio time

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Due to popular demand this short course; Painting Studio Time (2 weeks) has been set up for advanced painting students to have access to studio space to work on their own projects.

    This is a chance to develop existing paintings or experiment with new ideas in a vibrant and inspiring studio environment. The tutor will facilitate the class and be working on their own project alongside students. There will be a group discussion of work and informal exchange of peer feedback during the sessions.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Drawing club

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new Friday evening drop-in drawing club. Discover new drawing techniques and develop your skills further by responding to a diverse range of briefs and projects that will take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each session will deal with a different approach. You can book individual sessions or all 11 for a reduced rate.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  6. Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and innovative experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018 (and 6 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: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  8. Explore your creativity

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (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, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  10. Develop your drawing and painting

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Oil Painting: focus on light

    Oil Painting: focus on light

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be inspired by the magical interaction between light and shadows, through the medium of oil paint.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  12. Introduction to watercolour

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018 (and 12 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, 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. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

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