Drawing, painting & printmaking

Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, here at City Lit we have a variety of drawing and painting classes with plenty of dates and times for you to choose from. We offer a bright, modern environment for you to create your art in, as well as expert and supportive teaching. From beginners drawing and painting, to more advanced practice, take a look at our large range of courses for you to choose from.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Sun 18 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. City Lit printmaking course

    Course Date: Wed 11 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This higher level, year-long course is aimed at printmakers wishing to develop a sustained personal project. You'll be guided through research, experimentation and development units, working towards a final body of work in the third term. The course involves a theoretical, contextual and practical component. There will be six Saturday sessions, 10:30–16:30; details to be given at interview.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,299.00
    Concession: £792.00

  3. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 9 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of working with the portrait and figure. We will visit exhibitions and build up your knowledge of historical and contemporary practices in this genre.

    To apply please send a short statement saying why you would like to do the course plus six images of your artwork to alison.harper@citylit.ac.uk. Please contact us on 020 7492 2700 if you need further advice.

    See a short video with students and tutors talking about this course on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £1,699.00
    Senior fee: £1,359.00
    Concession: £1,036.00

  4. Contemporary art sketchbook walk

    Course Date: Wed 31 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Develop your creative and critical engagement in the settings of east London's cutting edge independent galleries and artists' spaces. You will build a sketchbook/journal recording your work, ideas and findings.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Contemporary collage and mixed media

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through history and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  6. Creative sketchbook with printmaking

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Produce a stand-out, experimental sketchbook of printmaking ideas. Working in and from your sketchbook, explore and develop printmaking and mixed media techniques that reflect your ideas and introduce exciting new ways of working. Create an exciting resource to inform your printmaking, painting or collage work, or let the sketchbook be an artwork in itself.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Develop relief printmaking: large scale surfaces

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make large scale expressive prints in both wood-cut and monoprint Experiment with combining the two processes to explore the exciting possibilities of layering an image using different printmaking processes. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Developing etching and photo etching

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal as a continuation of your previous printmaking experience. You will work towards producing a range of prints using both traditional etching and contemporarary photoetching techniques. This course enables you to develop photographic images via the etching process. You will be able to print in colour and monochrome.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  10. Developing etching: advanced techniques and ideas

    Course Date: Sun 4 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The ideal follow-on for those who have done 'Introduction to etching' and would like to go deeper into the techniques and processes of etching. This course will consolidate your existing skills, introduce you to more complex etching processes and help you to find and develop your subject matter in this medium. Tutor: Simon Burder.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Developing images and structures in mixed media

    Course Date: Sun 11 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will enable you to develop your work in the genre of collage. Examine a wide range of methods and materials to explore unlikely juxtapositions, assemblages and re-contextualisations.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  12. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark-making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Drawing 2

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  14. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 8 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of materials and approaches to develop your accuracy and creative potential in observational drawing. Building on your previous experience, learn to manipulate composition, surface and mark to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  15. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research  through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop  fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00

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