Develop Advanced Drawing and Painting Techniques, at Home

Hone your drawing skills and train your artistic eye with London Fine Arts Studios’ Cast Drawing & Painting 10-week online course.

Hone Your Artistic Skills

Cast Drawing & Painting course summary:

This technical course is designed to sharpen the drawing skills of trained artists and beginners alike, whether using charcoal or oil paints.

The Cast Drawing & Painting course builds on traditional atelier methods to help train your eye to see proportion and values – a skill transferable to all subject matter.

  • 10-week, hands-on course
  • Flexibility to learn when you want
  • Learn new techniques every week
  • Mentored throughout by LFAS experts
  • Industry-leading Workshop learning app
  • Learn alongside a community of fellow students

Price:   £350  

Throughout the history of art, aspiring artists would work from plaster casts to master their drawing skills and to understand the importance of shapes, mass and values (lights and darks); this is the grammar and foundation of an artist’s training and so is an essential step to truly understanding the learning process .

This course will give you a thorough understanding of drawing and painting techniques. With the confidence and knowledge that your artistic training is built on solid technical foundations, you will gain the freedom and confidence to experiment and push your art to new levels.

Drawing from plaster casts is a traditional and fundamental method to help train your eye in proportion and values, without the distraction of colour. These skills are essential to an aspiring artist’s training.

With the tools and knowledge taught on this course, students will gain a deep understanding of academic painting, along with training in proportion, gesture and values.

These technical skills will last a lifetime and they can be applied to other courses and subject matters, from still life to portraiture and landscape.

Earn a LFAS-approved Certificate of Completion

Get your LFAS-approved Certificate of Completion, and continue your journey with access to all sessions for an additional 6 months

Learn from the Finest Teachers in Your Own Home

Learn foundational artistic skills, techniques and practices from the renowned London Fine Art Studios
Access your step-by-step, video-guided drawing and painting sessions anywhere on a mobile, tablet or on the web
Learn alongside a class of like-minded, aspiring artists and receive real feedback on your art from your dedicated class mentor – one of London Fine Art Studios specialist tutors

Fine Arts at Home: Cast Drawing & Painting Online Course

Whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner who has completed our Drawing Techniques or Art of Oil Painting courses, The Cast Drawing & Painting course will use traditional methods combined with modern theory and digital tools to build a rounded and advanced knowledge of drawing and painting techniques, helping you to create masterful and beautiful art.

Experts from London Fine Art Studios will help you to develop your artistic skills, and Workshop’s step-by-step technology makes it easy to learn.

This 10-week course will improve your artistic knowledge:

  • To train your eye in the understanding of proportions and values.
  • To gain a solid foundation in the grammar of drawing and oil painting.
  • Once the grammar is really understood, you will be much better able to draw and paint with freedom in other subject matters.
  • You will get a thorough understanding of the essential techniques of proportion, gestures, mass, values, edges and focal points.

Alongside charcoals and oil paints, you will need a plaster cast to work from – a white sculpture made of plaster or marble. If you don’t have access to something like this, you can pick one up from a charity shop or an art shop, such as Lavender Hill Colours.

Each week, you will unlock a new batch of videos and practice-based sessions that take you step-by-step through the process of drawing and painting. With Workshop’s unique hands-on method of learning, you’ll be putting pencil to paper from day one with no need to read pages of theory in advance.


For the course, you will have access to the following through the Workshop app:

  • 10 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through 1-3 hours of drawing time each week.
  • 1-3 individual sessions per week, totalling a suggested minimum of 3 hours practice.
  • Expert guidance and one-to-one support from your class mentor.
  • Collaborative group chat with your own private class and mentor.
  • Feedback on your artwork from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads.
  • An assessment to earn your course Certificate of Completion.

In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

  • Downloadable theory notes for you to keep.
  • Access to all video sessions for an additional 6 months after the end of each course.

Average drawing/painting time: 3 hours per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1 guided video-based session plus 1-2 unguided practice sessions, and to gather all the art materials you’ll need to start drawing.
  2. In every guided session, you will follow a LFAS mentor through a series of step-by-step videos in your own studio space, learning directly through your experience. Practice sessions will then prompt you to hone your skills through focused exercises based on what you’ve learnt so far.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your artwork for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.


You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each part of this series of courses once you have completed all units and your tutor has critiqued and approved your artwork.

Fine Arts at Home: Cast Drawing & Painting

  1. Setting up. Materials. Lighting: natural or artificial.
  2. Drawing. Proportion. Gesture and shadow edge.
  3. Mass/values.
  4. Edges.
  5. Accents.
  6. Transitioning to oils.
  7. Shadow edge. Mass and values in darks.
  8. Adding white. Building into lights with nothing in darks.
  9. Edges and form.
  10. Accents and focal points.

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London Fine Art Studios, on Workshop

London Fine Art Studios was founded by Ann Witheridge with the aim of teaching the craft of drawing and painting to a community of dedicated artists.

Ann studied art history at Christ’s College, Cambridge before moving to Italy to study art full-time. She has been teaching drawing and painting in the atelier tradition for nearly twenty years.

The studio welcomes students of all levels, providing a supportive learning environment in which to acquire new skills and develop a deeper understanding of the figurative tradition.

With Workshop’s unique learning experience, Ann and her team are now able to teach hands-on art skills to people in their own homes, providing in-depth feedback and a close community network just as they do at their studios in London.

Follow the popular LFAS learning pathway

Our fine arts courses have been developed to create a natural progression as you develop your skills as an artist. Each course has been designed to cover complementary techniques and build upon the lessons of the preceding course.

We love it when students join us for the whole pathway. As a thank you for joining Workshop and LFAS, when you complete a Fine Arts course, you’ll receive a £100 voucher towards the next course in the series.

LFAS Courses on Workshop:

Drawing Techniques

10 weeks

The Art of Oil Painting

10 weeks

Cast Drawing & Painting

10 weeks


Take on the previous course on the LFAS learning pathway –The Art of Oil Painting  – and get £100 off Cast Drawing & Painting.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?
Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week, however after each unit is unlocked you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You will also have the ability to schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

These courses have been carefully designed to make sure the advantages of real-world learning experiences are still embraced online. You will therefore be taken through the subject matter week-by-week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

What if I miss a week?
There’s no need to worry if you have a holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to all course sessions for 6 additional months after your end date, and so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.
How will I interact with my class?
Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit prompting you all to draw or paint the same object within the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your artwork, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

Can I try before I buy?
There are currently no mini-courses available to try before you buy but you are welcome to visit the LFAS website, see a short video or read some testimonials about the school.
How much contact will I get with my mentor?
You can contact your mentor directly through the app anytime and will receive a weekly response as well as the weekly critique. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.
When will I get to meet my class?
You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!
What is the typical workload per week of the course?
You can typically expect to be drawing/painting for a combined total of about 3 hours a week. But of course, the more you practise the better!
Will I get a list of all the equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?
Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list as soon as you purchase the course. The LFAS art supplies shop, Lavender Hill Colours will stock everything you need if you would prefer to order it directly.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.

If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

How long will I have access to the course?
You’ll have access to your course dashboard for the duration of your couse, plus an additional 6 months after your end date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week-by-week as your class progresses through the course.

How does the assessment work?
You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each part of this series of courses once you have completed all units and your tutor has critiqued and approved your artwork.
Where can I purchase materials for this course?
All art materials needed for the course can be purchased from the LFAS online art supply shop Lavender Hill Colours.