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. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Sat 21 Apr 2018
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 22 Apr 2018
    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. Ways into abstract painting

    Course Date: Tue 24 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018 (and 3 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: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  5. Painting 2

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  6. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018
    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: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  8. Paint handling, scale and surface

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from the course 'Painting 2', enhance your paint handling skills and understanding of the dynamics of a painted surface, through a series of set projects and short critical discussions. Examine the role of painting tools, marks and scale in building a painting.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  9. Watercolour: cityscapes themes and ideas

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this more advanced class for students with some experience in using watercolour, we will build on more advanced colour mixing, mark making and watercolour techniques particular to painting on location. In this course there will be more emphasis on developing a personal style and you will be encouraged to pursue an individual approach to cityscapes as the term develops.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  10. Painting 1

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  11. Painting: content and meaning

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will explore the concepts and practice of paint handling

    Students will work on research skills to develop their art practice through readings and paintings.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  12. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 if you have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £479.00
    Concession: £365.00

  14. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 4 May 2018
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Start drawing

    Course Date: Sun 6 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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