Art courses at the Malden Centre

Discover your creative side

We offer the following art courses in 2023 and 2024


Portrait Drawing and Painting

This course is for all levels, from beginner to experienced. The classes consist of building a portrait through keen observation, constructing the forms of the head, neck and shoulders within the disciplines of line, tone, shapes and colour.

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Watercolour workshops

Beginner Workshop - This is a general class to give an introduction to the basic aspects of drawing and painting. Guidance is given on how to draw and where to start with watercolour painting. You will be taken step by step through the use of colour and the various effects that can be used to bring your painting alive! Different subject matters are looked at including landscape, portrait and still life.

All Levels Workshop - Using a variety of subjects (landscapes, still life, architecture and more), develop your drawing and watercolour techniques. You will experiment with colour washes, tone, colour combinations and other special techniques to create outstanding artwork. Suitable for all levels, but assumes some prior experience of painting.

Alternate Saturday Workshop - This is a very stimulating, but also very friendly class, that invites all levels of expertise from beginners onwards. During the year we attempt to cover whole range of subjects from still life and portraiture in the studio, to landscape painting, which we try to arrange out of doors (weather permitting). It is an ideal class for those who want to enjoy this lovely medium, but who just don’t have the time during the week.

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Oil and Acrylic Painting

This class is run as an open workshop and is suitable for students of all abilities. Usually, the less experienced student will follow the brief that the tutor introduces at the beginning of each term. The main emphasis is on drawing from observation to begin with, to enable the student to explore shape, form, space, pattern, tonal relationships and composition. The more experienced students can explore the possibilities of the brief introduced by the tutor or progress along their own lines and interests. In these cases, the tutor will give tuition and guidance when needed or asked for. 

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Life Drawing & Painting

This class works from a live model. You will try a variety of traditional and innovative approaches, aimed at improving your observational skills and expanding your knowledge of life drawing techniques. There will be a range of long and short poses.

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General Drawing and Painting

You can use any medium in this general class (oil, watercolour, pastel, pencil, ink and wash). There will be a focus on accurate drawing, perspective, colour theory and composition. The tutor will bring source materials, but you are welcome to work from your own as well.

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To book one of our Art Courses, please contact 020 8336 7770