The Dulwich Art Group and School organises life drawing and painting sessions which are open to people of all abilities.

We run Drop-in Groups and Tutored courses

We all learn in different ways and we find that our combination of structured tutored courses and open drop-in sessions offers sufficient scope for most of us to find a path for ourselves.

Each week there are three or more life drawing drop-in sessions where there is no formal tutor and artists are free to pursue their own approach to painting or drawing. However if a student wishes to have guidance or direction there are plenty of members who will offer advice, some of whom are lifelong art educators. Looking over the shoulder of someone who appears to know what they are doing can often be as much education as is required. We also run tutored groups and workshops – scan our regular emails or look on the menus above.

If you’ve been thinking of taking Art Classes or an Art Course these life drawing groups may well support or supplement. As with an Art Course there is a sense of progression, not through any outside agency but through regular and honest application and effort. Making a commitment to oneself to draw seriously just once a week can have benefits that reach beyond the immediate image produced. The neural pathways opened up through observation and mark making can suffuse other areas of ones life and work with creativity – life drawing brings good things!

For Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays we have a single pose which is held for the whole session and often for a week or two thereafter. This will enable you to complete a complex piece of work or several studies. On Wednesday there is also an afternoon portrait session.

We have home cooked freshly made refreshments and light lunches available at a modest price. There are model breaks every 20-25 minutes and a longer break for tea or coffee  when we also collect fees. It’s very friendly with plenty of other artists to chat to.

Our studio is well equipped with professional lighting, easels, drawing boards, chairs and we have other materials available for sale,  paper for example is 20p per A1 sheet.

We strongly suggest that you sign up for our email updates where we keep you informed about models and poses and any other issues. We will always notify by email first.

Drop-in groups  run throughout the summer, indeed, unless this page says otherwise we are open, just drop in on a Saturday, Wednesday, or Friday and you will be welcome.

Learning – Tutored Courses

We have tutored groups where you can learn to draw and paint with experts. We give a great deal of thought to making sure your learning experience is positive and we understand that we all have our own way of progressing.


Autumn Term
Mondays, daytime and evening sessions
9th September – 2nd December
Half term 21st October

Daytimes 10.00am-4.00pm
Evenings 7.00pm – 9.30pm

  • Learn to paint directly in oil paint
  • Unpack the secrets of great composition
  • Explore colour and how to mix it
  • Work from still life and the human figure
  • Become expert in studio practice

More info and sign up here


The Elements of Drawing – A foundation in visual art after Ruskin

For beginners or more experienced artists with gaps in their skill set.

Tuesday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm
Autumn Term 17th September – 10th December
Half term 22nd October

  • Learn to draw and paint from the absolute beginning
  • Gain the skills all visual artists need for effective representation
  • Progress from simple mark making through line, shape, tone and colour
  • Work in a variety of media in a friendly group

More info and sign up here


Tuesday evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm
Autumn Term 17th September – 10th December
Half term 22nd October

Tutor Simon Dunstan

This is the new follow-on course for artists who have completed the Introduction to Life Drawing Course and want to move their skills to a higher level, and for those artists who have become a little rusty and need to lift and refresh their drawing skills.

More info and sign up ….


Tuesdays or Wednesdays 7.00pm-9.30pm for twelve weeks
Autumn Term 10th/11th September – 3rd/4th December
Half term 22nd/23rd October
Tutor: Alex Tzavaras

Learning portraiture in oil paint with an expert. Alex’ course is progressive, if you haven’t painted with him before the beginners portraiture is on Tuesdays.

More info and sign up here


Thursdays 10.00am-4.00pm
Autumn Term 12th September – 5th December
Half term 24th October

This course will teach you how to paint in oils and how to accomplish finished paintings in the studio and outdoors when weather permits. It is particularly suitable for those who are excited by landscape and architecture whilst of course much of what is taught is universally applicable to any genre of painting.

Working with a successful and acclaimed artist brings huge benefits, David cuts right to the chase, he knows what works and where to spend the time.

More info and sign up here


Thursday Evenings
Autumn Term 12th September – 5th December
Half term 24th October
7.30pm prompt until 9.30pm
Twelve week term – sign up for any six

Working from the nude model we explore a variety of drawing methods and you will discover what works for you. We have a demonstration early on in the evening which will introduce a technique or key concept. For beginners this can form the structure for progressive learning, for the more experienced it’s always good to be reminded or just to dust down old skills.

More info and sign up here


A foundation in the elements of visual art – Introduction to oil painting

For beginners or advanced artists with gaps in their skills set.

Friday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm
Autumn Term September 13th – December 6th
Half term October 25th

A foundation in the elements of visual art based around John Ruskin’s Elements of Drawing. For beginners or advanced artists with gaps in their skills set.

Chief Tutor Simon Dunstan supported by other artists

  • Learn to paint in oils from the beginning
  • Understand the mechanics of oil paint
  • Discover ways of looking that lead to successful images
  • Embrace your own visual language in this powerful medium

More info and sign up here