Dulwich Art Group is a small, friendly, independent art school with a focus on observational drawing and painting. We run open studio life drawing and painting sessions and structured art courses.

Open Studios and Drop-ins

Our open studio sessions are ideal for artists of all abilities, with no commitment you are free to attend sessions when you choose. Whilst they are run by practicing artists who are only too happy to give personal guidance, you will be left to get along with your own work unless you ask for input.

Long Poses – Paint or draw from a life model in a single pose over two, three hour sessions. Click for more…

A sustained pose usually held over two sessions giving you six hours to work up a painting. Many of us who enjoy working quickly to train the eye also like to spend some time on a more considered piece of observational drawing and painting. With these sessions you will be able to work up a drawing or painting to your satisfaction. “As much as the drawing and painting, DAG is like an oasis. I enjoy the company of artists and the chance to watch works progress.” – J.G.

Paint a portrait over two, three hour sessions. Click for more…

Every Wednesday afternoon we have a model sit for a portrait. Usually this is for two weeks so that you can come back and refine what was achieved in the first week. You can paint or draw as you choose.

Life Drawing in the evening with guidance from an artist. Click for more…

For those of us with day jobs, the evening is the best time to enjoy practising our drawing. These sessions are shorter and have multiple poses with professional and varied life models. The tutor running the session will share ideas about artists and image making, and give you personal advice if wanted. We have easels, boards and clips and can supply paper, charcoal and pencils so you don’t need to bring anything.

Learn to Draw and Paint – Tutored Art Courses. Click for more…

We learn to be artists by looking at art and talking to other artists, there are very few who develop fully as artists in isolation. The traditional way is to be in the studio learning as we paint and draw alongside a more experienced artist. Our tutors all make their living from their art and see tutoring as a way of expanding their practice.

Why Draw?

Drawing from life is a core discipline for many visual artists, it trains the eye and the hand and develops our ability to visually explore. For many, creativity arises from the excitement of really seeing, which comes from this process of sustained looking.

A regular drawing or painting practice not only helps you to continue to make images that reflect your intention but actually changes your neurology in a way that affects other areas of your life in a most positive way.

Our tutored classes will support you as you learn to draw and paint. Each course is run by a practicing artist who will teach around their area of expertise. Some are for absolute beginners and others are for those who are moving on and want to learn from an expert.


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