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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Painting and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course you will look at ways to heighten awareness of the observed world, and sharpen your intuition. Using paint combined with awareness exercises will allow your creativity to flourish producing exciting exploratory images.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  5. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Experience: drawing

    Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 3 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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Experience: oil painting

    Experience: oil painting

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience painting in oils. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way to start oil painting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Learn to use: drawing materials

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the possibilities of a range of drawing media. You will discover the markmaking properties of a variety of drawing materials such as graphite, compressed charcoal and pens. Through practical exercises, discover the potential to create exciting drawn using different media experimentally.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 8 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: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  12. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 15 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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  15. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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