Short course

Painting and Drawing

Develop painting and drawing skills for a more rewarding personal or professional practice.


Authentic drawing and painting practices are increasingly important in our daily lives, workplaces and community settings. They enable creative expression, allow us to communicate with others in meaningful ways, challenge norms, and shift options. Mindful practice can also improve wellbeing and provide inroads to sense-making in an increasingly complex world.

This course draws on traditional skills, new techniques, practical approaches to contemporary formats, and highly valued research methods drawing upon acute observation, reflection and artisan skills to equip you to develop compelling and contemporary drawing and painting practices.

Taught by performance experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, you will learn to draw and paint using a variety of techniques in a range of scales and formats, and apply these skills and methods to create an installation, exhibition, or performance-based project for various creative industries, community and professional contexts.

Delivered in face-to-face workshops at our world-class Southbank facilities, the course reflects current industry practices. You will act in various ‘creative’ roles, work with others toward a creative project, and learn about production processes unique to working in a small team sharing a creative vision. Along with honing your technical skills, this highly active learning environment will build your confidence, collaborative capacity, and industry know-how so you can use painting and drawing to have an impact.

Painting and Drawing, which is part of Creative Arts Studios, is made up of four individual studios delivered across the year. You can take as few or as many studios as you like, though we encourage you take all four to maximise your learning and deepen your practice.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in developing a new skill, honing an existing practice, or using painting and drawing to impart your perspective or influence others in community and workplace settings, as well as in personal or group projects. If you enjoy learning practical techniques, collaborating in creative teams and sharing ideas, Painting and Drawing is for you.

There are no eligibility requirements.

What you will learn

Each studio focuses on a key theme. Across the four studios, you will learn to activate painting and drawing skills, find your unique style, and how to use it in a range of contexts. You will learn to exhibit to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences, manage multiple viewpoints while moderating your own, and to work in a range of roles for public display projects so you can successfully bring exhibitions and installations to fruition.

Studio 1: Light and Shadow

Investigating light and shadow through observation.

  • Finding your creative ‘hand’
  • Foundational painting and drawing techniques with focus on tone and texture – chiaroscuro
  • Colour theory – the power of monochrome, harmony and contrast
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices – the abstract and the figurative
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the theme of light and shadow.

Studio 2: Body and Movement

Investigating scale, movement and space through the senses.

  • Finding your creative ‘hand’
  • Foundational painting and drawing techniques with focus on life drawing, contour, motion and scale
  • Colour theory – the power of primary and secondary colours
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices – the abstract and the figurative
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on body and movement.

Studio 3: The Collective

Investigating the relationships, including cause and effect, between objects, people and spaces.

  • Finding your creative ‘hand’
  • Foundational painting and drawing techniques with focus on still life and object/body groupings, composition
  • Colour theory – the power of the full colour chord
  • Overview of historical and contemporary practices
  • Exploratory practices and expression based on the collective.

Studio 4: Collaboration

Investigating how an individual or object works within a group during collaboration.

  • Personal major study practice adapted into a collaborative learner-devised project (performance, installation, exhibition) on a theme defined by the CAStudios cohort (and guided by tutors).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the studios, you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Identification and use of painting and drawing skills and techniques appropriate to a range of scales and formats
  2. Understanding of the complex roles and collaborative responsibilities of exhibitions, installations and performances
  3. Capacity to select from a range of historical, technical and contemporary knowledges to inform a memorable and meaningful practice
  4. Collaborate with others for compelling creative productions.

For the full Painting and Drawing experience, we recommend you register for all four studios. Alternatively, you can register for the individual studios of your choice.


This short course runs over one year, delivered in four individual studios.

Each studio comprises eight, three-hour sessions. This amounts to a total of 24 hours for each studio, or 96 hours for all four over the year.

Related courses

The other short courses within Creative Arts Studios are:

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with the checkout process, please contact student support.

Upcoming studios

Painting and Drawing Studio 3: The Collective

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Painting and Drawing Studio 4: Collaboration

Wednesday 13 October 2021

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