Best Art Courses in London 2015
Where to find the best art classes and art talks in London 2015
First up on our hit list of the best London art talks are the wonderful classes and debates at the Bulgari Hotel, hosted by London Art Studies. Answering all your burning questions on the hot topics in contemporary art, from upcoming blockbuster exhibitions to famous artists you think you really should know more about, London Art Studies is our go to for learning more about the art world.
After working with Sotheby’s Institute of Art and as a television arts producer with CNN, Kate Gordon had the inspiration for LAS in 2012. Designed for busy Londoners keen to learn, but pressed for time, we love the bite-sized and informal courses with stellar experts, which make the art world accessible, interesting and fun.
This season we can't wait to get the insider's tips to Frieze on 6th October and see superstar artists Ai Weiwei and Damien Hirst go head to head in the first of the Great Art Debate series on 16th September. Get the inside track with London Art Studies this autumn, and you'll never find yourself tongue-tied over an arty debate again!
Best Art Talks in London 2015
So not technically in the big smoke... but if you're looking for something a little more exotic than the best history of art courses in London, we can't recommend Art History Abroad enough! From the hills of Florence to the canals of Venice, AHA bring Italian art to life with their friendly teaching, knowledgeable tutors and privileged access to secret treasures. Perfect for young people wanting to kick start their art historical learning in the not too shabby surroundings of Italy's gorgeous cities.
But if you want to stay closer to home (and get behind the scenes of galleries and museums) - Art History UK boasts fantastic day tours across town. Primarily organising private tours for family groups, corporate clients and even hen parties, they also host public events which are well worth investigating. Their speciality are the delectable Art Shots for busy Londoners in the evenings, which cost just £25 and become cheaper the more you book.
The art world can be an intimidating place, but Contemporary Key takes the sting out of art collecting with sociable tours of hot galleries, studios and art fairs that let you dip your toe into the market. We recommend the monthly Saturday gallery tours, which start in a cafe and end with drinks and discussion in a bar.
Individual tours and events £22 per person
Brand new membership scheme £45 a year/ £250 a year with artist print included
Best Life Drawing Classes London 2015
Turn your hand to a London life drawing class in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Academy's historic Life Room, where British art superstars like J.M.W Turner and John Constable all learnt their craft. This autumn there are a number of two-day art classes in London for adults led by expert portraitists Francis Bowyer and Robin-Lee Hall that will teach you everything you need to know. We feel inspired already...
£360 for two-day practical class
This Chelsea based art school offers lovely art courses in London based on the traditional French Atelier system, where artists can join a studio filled with budding amateurs and fully fledged professionals all working from a model. We love the long poses at The Heatherly School of Fine Art, which really allow artists to get to grips with the human form, mixed in with some fast and furious short poses on Fridays - making this one of the best drawing classes in London.
10 half day sessions £250; senior citizens £230