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 painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 25 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  2. Life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from the nude model with structured teaching. 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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  3. Portraits 1

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  4. Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Skin deep: the body as a painted landscape

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the human body as an expressive form with a focus on the subtle and shifting colours within the skin. Use blending and layering techniques in both oil and acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  5. Life drawing: develop experimental approaches

    Course Date: Sun 20 May 2018
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Life drawing in depth

    Life drawing in depth

    Course Date: Tue 29 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  7. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Wed 30 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  8. Experimental approaches to portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of experimental methods, materials and approaches to drawing portraits. Develop a personal response to the sitter by using mark, surface, texture and gesture to convey emotion and meaning. For intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. Build year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 8 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of working with the portrait and figure. We'll visit exhibitions and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary practices in this genre.

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    Full fee: £1,719.00
    Senior fee: £1,375.00
    Concession: £1,049.00

  10. Contemporary portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind to enjoy experimentation and a range of ideas in creating compelling images of the human head and form.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  11. Drawing and painting from the life model: Saturday studio

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  13. Drawing and painting traditional portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  14. Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Study a variety of formal and expressive drawing approaches to increase your skills in rendering the proportions and structure of the human figure.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Introduction to drawing portraits

    Course Date: Fri 4 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Making portraits continues to fascinate artists, trying to capture appearance and personality in a single image. This course offers a solid introduction to drawing and the human head and some aspects of the figure in a variety of media with the aim of getting a 'likeness'.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

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