This course has concessions available

Life Drawing And Painting – Online

Learn the basics of drawing and painting in a practical, informative way, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is suitable beginners through to advanced students. Beginners will learn simple techniques and build confidence in the subject area. Advanced students will have an opportunity to experiment with ideas and techniques.

What does this course cover

The model will take a mixture of short and long poses. Long poses may continue from week to week while there may also be some quicker poses for drawing if required.
Students will learn to mix colour harmonies and tonal scales from observation. They will learn how to recognise shape, planes, form and space, and will be able to apply this to working from life.

What will it be like

Group question and answer and individual demonstrations on technical matters. Students will be encouraged to take a positive attitude and take part in group discussions and criticisms.
The tutor will talk to every students while their work is progressing. A final criticism will complete the session or pose.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should invest in their own drawing and painting tool kits - individual advice will be given during the first session.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Students can enrol on other courses offered by the Mary Ward Centre, for example, Foundation or Pre-foundation.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’