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. Life drawing after work part 1 : beginners

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Engage in a diverse range of guided exercises and approaches to drawing the figure, employing a variety of media. A practical drawing course to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in figure drawing or access new and innovative ways of approaching the art of drawing itself.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  4. Painting portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for students wanting to explore portrait painting from observation. Looking at proportion, tone and mixing colour, students will have the opportunity to use both acrylic and oil paint, with the choice of 2 portrait models in most sessions. You will be taught painting techniques relevant to portrait painting.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  6. Drawing portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge and skills in drawing portraits. Build your confidence with a range of drawing media and simple techniques. This course may provide a helpful introduction to a course in portrait painting.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

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

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Portraiture studio: all levels

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jan 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: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  9. Contemporary approaches to the figure

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course, working with the model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring different drawing approaches with references to historical and contemporary imagery pushing the boundaries of our current practice in exciting and experimental ways.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  10. Portraits 1

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jan 2018 (and 4 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  11. Contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  12. Life painting

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  13. Structured life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    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 beginners as well as intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  14. Life drawing after work part 2 : intermediate to advanced

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with different poses.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Introduction to painting

    Course Date: Sun 4 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fundamental skills of painting alongside discussions on contemporary artists and their work. Explore different types of paint, painting methods and techniques. Ideal if you have little or no previous experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

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