Drawing & Painting Courses in London

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.

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  1. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 5 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Watercolour for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is a fascinating medium - learn the basic skills required to develop your confidence in exploring its many possibilities.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  6. 50 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  7. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 5 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 16 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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Try it out: drawing and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the practice of mindfulness can enhance drawing and bring greater clarity of perception, energy and enrichment to it. Inspire your interest in the subject or access new ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Ideas into art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do you develop your ideas from initial sketch or project, and into a considered composition?

    On this practical course you will employ a variety of ways to develop your visual ideas, such as working with photographs, collage, projections, subject research, expermentation of materials etc.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

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