Introduction to Life Painting Course/ 11 sessions course

    Join an 11 weeks life class- draw and paint life models. Start with the basics and develop your skill.

    Drawing class hosted by Richmond School of Painting

    Beginners welcome

    Ten session course

    Richmond School of Painting, TW10

    What you'll learn

    This 11 week course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced painters and drawers.

    This course will build your confidence and skill in drawing and painting the human form from observation. We will discuss the fascination of representing the figure in art and explore why it is still so important today.

    We will look at the building blocks of drawing into painting, exploring line, tone and colour. Then onto personal expression and experimentation with a range of media and subject matter.

    Working from observation, this course will be as much about looking as representing the form. We will aim to work towards one painting per session to encourage quick intuitive painting, focusing on the looking will train the eye to be able to react in unison with the brush to gain quick, desired results which will culminate in a longer more considered painting which still has that exciting freshness of the first mark making.

    We will delve deep into the history of paintings inhabited by the figure and from Matisse to Chris Ofilli, Rembrandt to Edvard Munch we will look at rhythm, composition and atmosphere.

    We will draw and paint from objects and scenes, from old and modern masters, from life models, and from ourselves. In lots of exciting exercises we will learn about using different kinds of paint, ink, and drawing mediums, the theories behind each material and traditional and contemporary application.

    By the end of the 11 weeks you will be confident in using technical language with which to talk about drawing and painting, have the ability to use a range of materials and hopefully look at things with the confidence to want to tackle them in paint.

    These classes are taught by Katie Brookes and all materials will be supplied for the first class.

    Fee for an 11 sessions per term, 3 hours a session is £250 /£220 concessionary rate.


    All materials will be provided for the first class. We also provide easels, boards and other basic equipment.

    Age limit or other requirements

    Adults only. All levels are welcome

    Class location

    Richmond School of Painting, Richmond

    Lock Road, Richmond

    TW10 7LN


    Dates & times

    Thu 28 Sep, 10:00am - 1:00pm (all sessions)

    Thu 5 Oct, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 12 Oct, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 19 Oct, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 2 Nov, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 9 Nov, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 16 Nov, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 23 Nov, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 30 Nov, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Thu 7 Dec, 10:00am - 1:00pm

    Thu 28 Sep, 2:00pm - 5:00pm (all sessions)

    Thu 5 Oct, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 12 Oct, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 19 Oct, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 26 Oct, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 2 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 9 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 16 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 23 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 30 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thu 7 Dec, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.

    About your host, Richmond School of Painting

    The Richmond School of Painting provides painting and drawing classes for adults in Richmond.

    The Richmond School of Painting focuses on painting from observation and students are encouraged to try our various media and approaches. Class sizes are never more than 15 to ensure that each student gets individual attention and guidance.

    The school provides a relaxed environment where students feel they can take risks in their art without criticism while being stretched in unexpected and challenging ways.

    Heading up the teaching is owner of the school, Guy Shoham, who graduated with a distinction from the M.A. programme at Chelsea College of Art before gaining a scholarship to attend the ‘Drawing Year’ at the Royal School of Drawing.

    Find us:

    • A bus ride away from Kingston and Richmond stations.

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.