City Lit courses at The Conservatoire in Blackheath

City Lit is London’s largest college for adults, offering over 5,000 courses, to over 30,000 people. Art and design is one of our biggest areas and we’re thrilled to partner with The Conservatoire in Blackheath to bring 200 exciting new courses to south London.

We're now offering a wide range of courses, from drawing in The Conservatoire’s stunning north facing Victorian drawing studio to garden design, photography and illustration. Our new custom built print room offers a wide range of printmaking processes from screen printing to lithography and there are courses to suit all levels.

Location: The Conservatoire, 19-21 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ Map 

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Abstract painting from the city

Explore different ways of abstracting the urban environment around us through paint. Using various techniques and methods we will focus on architecture: its structures, textures and surfaces, as well as its scale and presence.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 23 Jul 14 - 13 Aug 14
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Abstraction from objects

Learn how to develop an abstract image by working from an observed subject. Looking at work from a variety of abstract artists who have used objects as inspiration for their work, you will explore methods and approaches to abstract drawing and painting. Ideal for those with some drawing and painting experience. Basic materials provided.

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Date: 29 Apr 14 - 17 Jun 14
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Abstraction from the figure

Learn how to develop an abstract image by working from an observed subject. Looking at work from a variety of abstract artists who have used the figure as inspiration for their work, you will explore methods and approaches to working from the model to create abstract drawings and paintings. Ideal for those with some life drawing and painting experience. Basic materials provided.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 29 Apr 14 - 17 Jun 14
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Advanced printmaking workshop

Ideal if you’re an advanced printmaker who would like to further their practice in a workshop. You’ll be expected to work independently on self directed projects and be able to safely and confidently use the processes you choose to work in. Basic materials provided.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 1 May 14 - 10 Jul 14
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Anatomical drawing

Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Working with a life model to demonstrate the structures and the movements of muscles and bones. Anatomy is often key to understanding and depicting the body. For those with some drawing experience.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 27 May 14 - 30 May 14
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Art history at Blackheath: photography as fine art

Charting the evolution of photography as a medium within fine art practice, explore the key stages of its development, locating the cultural and political dimensions that inform its context, through the twentieth century until the present day.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 22 Jul 14 - 12 Aug 14
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Art history at Blackheath: women in art 1968 to present day

Women artists have shaped and defined the course of art history. 1968 is positioned as a turning point in this process and this course covers works by a range of artists including Judy Chicago, Tracy Emin, Mary Kelly and Marina Abramovic.

LOCATION: This course is taking place at The Conservatoire in Blackheath. Some other dates may be available in alternative locations.

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Date: 24 Jul 14 - 14 Aug 14
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Art history: 100 great paintings

Spirituality, vanity, love, death, politics, secrets and lies – all these and more are represented in paintings through the ages. We’ll decode the meanings of some much-loved and lesser known works and put them into their historical contexts.

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Date: 2 May 14 - 13 Jun 14
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Art History: Introduction to the Renaissance

Discovery, creativity and innovation characterise the Renaissance. Using key artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Van Eyck and Titian we examine themes from portraiture to perspective in Florence, Rome, Venice and the north.

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Date: 20 Jun 14 - 11 Jul 14
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Artists talking

This Friday night special invites a different visiting contemporary artist each week to show and discuss their ideas, influences, research, development, work in progress and final pieces. Enjoy a glass of wine in this informal setting. Takes place over four sessions.

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Date: 6 Jun 14 - 27 Jun 14
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