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

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 life models in different poses, using a range of drawing materials.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  2. Summer nights taster: speed life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced evening that combines practical exercises with theory and techniques.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  3. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop a personal response to life painting using a variety of approaches. Explore mark-making, rich colour, thick paint, thin paint, dramatic contrast, anything one feel expresses a personal response to the model.



    This is a single pose, so students have the opportunity to either work on several paintings over the period or one sustained pose. You can use either oil or acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  4. Drawing and painting portraits: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the enjoyment of drawing and painting portraits, learning some of the skills and ideas involved, including structure and proportion, tone, colour, pose and expression. Suitable for all levels of experience.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  5. Life painting: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn or further develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. This includes use of tone, colour selection, composition, paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Introduction to life drawing

    Introduction to life drawing

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your confidence and practical skills in drawing the figure from observation. Through a series of guided drawing exercises this course encourages an analytical approach to life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Life painting: weekend pose

    Life painting: weekend pose

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy spending a whole weekend painting the human form from a single pose. Working in layers of tone and subtle colour, you'll create a richly resolved and expressive life painting.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Anatomical life and portrait drawing

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 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 key anatomical structures of the head and body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  9. Contemporary portraits: evening summer school

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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