Drawing and painting: life and portraiture

From beginners drawing to portrait painting, browse our large range of courses in drawing and painting from life. Part-time courses available afternoons, evenings and weekends, from beginner to advanced level.

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  1. 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

  2. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation. You’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to help you draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  3. Start life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Introduction to contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Mon 1 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  5. Life drawing after work 1: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Life drawing and painting studio

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students wishing to draw and paint from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  7. Portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  8. Theatrical life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Life models will explore expressive poses using masks, headdresses and props to explore different themes referencing mythology, film, literature and artists. Dramatic lighting and evocative music can also set the scene for a more imaginative response which may suggest personal narratives.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

  9. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Start life painting

    Course Date: Tue 9 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to painting directly from the nude figure. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in painting with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  11. Life drawing: develop experimental approaches

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of media and imaginative/dynamic approaches to drawing the figure to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in the subject or access new and innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £219.00

  12. Introduction to portraiture

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For beginners to portraiture, a demystifying introduction to this fascinating genre. Helpful tips to get you started on drawing and painting portraits including proportions of the head and upper body, tone, colour and how to create convincing facial features.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  13. Life painting: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 1 Nov 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a formal approach to painting the figure through structured projects relating scale, proportion and colour to the human anatomy, posture and pose. Explore why the human form has proved a unique motif for artists.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Life drawing after work 2: intermediate to advanced

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a fun creative life drawing class aimed at all those wishing to explore some of many different approaches to drawing the figure, it is a combination of looking at some of the basic principles of drawing as well as looking at what it is one wants from drawing.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Introduction to life painting

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in painting the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive painting approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions, structure and flesh tones of the human figure.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

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