Drop-in Art Classes in London

For those who like it casual, drop-in art classes are the ultimate way to unleash their creativity. Here are a few that might be worth a try.

Drink and Draw

Every Tuesday 19.00–21.00

Entry £10

📍 The Grosvenor pub (Hanwell)

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It's a creative excuse to spend an evening in a pub with a drink in one hand and a pencil in another. Vicky Saumarez, the artist, offers life drawing sessions for all artistic abilities in the upstairs function room of the pub. She pledges to invite a fabulous and interesting mix of professional models. There is no mention of nudes but you can go and find out for yourself.

A drawing from Vicky's class.

Secret Sketch

Every Thursday 19.00–21.00

Entry £10

📍 Kings Head Private Members Club (Hoxton)

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Anyone who loves to discover the undiscovered can head for the life drawing classes held at hidden and wild as a jungle Kings Head club. The extravagant venue will probably inspire to reveal your creative side and the professional tutors will help you realise your fantasies even if you haven’t drawn a thing in your life. Bring your own materials or simply buy them in the class.

Drop-in Drawing

Every Friday 18.30–21.00

Free entry

📍 National Portrait Gallery (Trafalgar Square)

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As part of the Friday Lates programme, the gallery offers an exclusive, complimentary opportunity to learn drawing in the presence of the most recognised artworks. The class is suitable for everyone – from complete beginners to accomplished artists. All materials are provided, so no need to bring anything with you unless you want to work in your own sketchbook or on an iPad. However, don’t be afraid to get stuck in the room for the whole Friday night as there are no strings attached – just pop in whenever you like and follow the guidance of the tutor. What’s even better – the tutor changes every week so you have chances to experience different teaching techniques.

Open Life Class

Every Saturday 10.30–13.00

Entry £25

📍 Art Academy London (Southwark)

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If a class in a pub sounds to informal, opt for the academy. Not royal, but still pretty refined, although rather relaxed. You will be able to approach the model in any way you please and do as many drawings or paintings as you care to pursue with as much or as little instruction as you like. The experienced tutors will happily guide both beginners and the more experienced painters. You should feel free to use whichever materials that you enjoy the most, whether that is drawing in charcoal or ink or painting in oils or acrylics. All paper is provided for the course but please bring your own drawing/painting materials.

So many choices, so little time. I’d suggest giving a try to all of these classes just to find out which tutor suits your needs and what ambiance draws your inspiration. In the end you might be pleasantly surprised by the urge to stick around for longer than a casual drop-in class.

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