Drawing and Painting

We have a huge variety of drawing and painting courses to offer.

PSAD Courses 2018 - 2019

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Digital Design
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Pastels and Watercolour
  • Diploma
  • Art and Design for Young People
  • Specialist Courses


Book Illustration

This course covers all aspects of illustration and aims to enable students to respond to a variety of briefs, working to deadlines. The areas covered include editorial, picture book illustration, storyboards, cards etc.

Fridays   |   10am to 1pm

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Botanic Drawing and Painting (beginners)

This is a course in Botanical Illustration is for the beginner to intermediate Botanical illustrator and continuing students of botanical art and illustration.

Beginners Mondays   |   10am to 1pm

Intermediate Mondays   |   2 to 5pm

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Botanical Drawing and Painting with Watercolour (all levels)

Mondays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

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Draw and Paint with mixed media (all levels)

Tuesdays   |   2 to 4.30pm

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Drawing and Painting 

The course is suitable for all students who wish to improve painting techniques and drawing skills. The course will concentrate on landscape, figure and still life compositions.

All levels Mondays   |   10am to 1pm   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

All levels Wednesdays   |   10am to 1pm   |   2 to 5pm   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

All levels Saturdays   |   10am to 1pm

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Drawing (students with some experience)

Using a variety of materials you will explore different forms of description and expression.

Mondays   |   10am to 1pm

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Drawing into Watercolour and Gouache

This course aims to develop your drawing abilities further, which in turn will underpin both your painting in watercolour and gouache.

Wednesdays   |   2 to 5pm

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Experimental Art and Media (all levels)

All levels Tuesdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

Intermediate and advance Thursdays   |   10am to 1pm 

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Garden Design

Module 1: Measurement (autumn term)    |     Module 2: Planting (spring term)     |     Module 3: Studio Tutorials (summer term)

Tuesdays   |   2 to 5pm

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Introduction to Drawing

This course is for students with little or no drawing experience and would like to learn to draw from observation.

Tuesdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

Wednesdays   |   10am to 1pm

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Introduction to Drawing and Painting

Thursdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

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Life and Figure Drawing (all levels)

This is a wide-ranging, structured life drawing course suitable for all levels and especially for those who have general drawing skills but have not drawn the figure very much.

Mondays  |   2 to 5pmWednesday   |   2 to 5pm

Fridays   |   10am to 1pm

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Life Drawing

All levels Wednesdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm     Beginners Thursdays   |   10am to 1pm     Experience students Wednesdays   |   10am to 1pm


Life Drawing Pay As You Go (PAYG)

Saturdays   |   10am to 1pm

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Painting and Drawing Projects

Fridays   |   2 to 5pm

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Painting and Drawing (all levels)

All levels Saturdays 1.30 to 4.30pm

Intermediate Tuesdays   |   6.45 to 9.45pm

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Portrait Drawing (all levels)

Thursdays   |   6.45 to 9.15pm

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Portrait : Drawing the Head (students with some experience)

Thursdays   |   2 to 5pm

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Gavin Maughfling   |   Oil Painting, Experimental Media and Diploma

Gavin trained at the Ruskin School of Fine Art in Oxford and the University of East London.

Recent exhibitions include Mostyn Open (Oriel Mostyn), Ruskin Shorts (Modern Art Oxford), and Over Time
(University of Greenwich and National Maritime Museum). With DEMprojects co-founder Suzanne de Emmony he recently co-curated Ghost on the Wire (Bermondsey Project Space London and Objectifs Singapore) and Mysterious Objects at Noon (Objectifs Singapore and ArtLacuna London). Residencies include the British Embassy Luxembourg. His work is held in the National Government Art Collection.

At PSAD Gavin teaches courses in Oil Painting (at Intermediate and Advanced levels) and Experimental Media. These are project-based courses, combining technical expertise with the development of students’ personal language. He also teaches students on the part-time Diploma, as a part of their modular option. He is visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

Jane Porter | Author and Illustrator

Jane Porter is an author and illustrator working for a range of clients including Walker Books, Orion, Otter Barry Books, Historic Royal Palaces, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the National Trust and many more. Her new picture book, ‘Pink Lion’, publishes in July 2017 with Walker.

Jane teaches the Wednesday evening ‘Introduction to Illustration’ as well as the Friday morning ‘Advanced Book Illustration’ class at PSAD, with Zehra Hicks. She is also currently working on a graphic novel inspired by her experience volunteering with the Wandle Trust.

Jan Malaszek | Painting and Drawing Tutor

Jan teaches painting and drawing classes from beginners to intermediate and all levels, including a life class.

He has a longstanding interest in the history and theories of art and has been teaching the contextual studies units on the two year Diploma in Art and Design (as well as being lead tutor). He also teaches occasional short courses in art history. Jan is a practising artist working mainly with painting and occasionally printmaking.

Jan has an MA in printmaking from Camberwell College of art and a teaching qualification
(PGCE) from University of Greenwich. His BA was in Fine Art – painting, from Maidstone College of Art.

Adele Wagstaff   |   Portrait and Life Drawing Tutor

Adele trained at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art and she continues to focus on working from the human figure, portrait and still life. She has taught in Belgium, Germany, Italy and throughout the UK including Putney School of Art and Design, Slade School of Fine Art and Royal Academy of Arts.

Adele has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Adele has published two books: Painting Still Life in Oils (2012) and Painting the Nude (2015), both published by the Crowood Press.

Liz Elmhirst   |   Painter and Printmaker

Liz is based in London and teaches drawing and watercolour at Putney School of Art and Design as well as producing her own work.

Liz is both prolific and skilful in many mediums, including printing and in particular etching, as well as watercolours and drawing. Liz has had experience of making ceramics and is particularly inspired by ceramics from Africa and China.

Brought up on the family farm in Yorkshire Liz developed keen observational skills and a natural affinity with the landscape, nature and wildlife. Inspired by the numerous places she visits, including France, Italy and Cornwall, Liz works in situ, giving an immediacy and freedom to her interpretation of the varied architecture, land and seascapes in her art.

Liz has exhibited widely, especially in London, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Bankside Gallery Open and the Mall Gallery. She has also had many solo Exhibitions including one at the National Theatre and two at The Museum of Garden History in Lambeth.