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 (and 1 other date)
    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. Abstract drawing

    Course Date: Sun 12 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Exchange realistic depictions for exciting new visual experiences using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  4. Beginners drawing intensive

    Course Date: Tue 4 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills over four intensive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of drawing, covering key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. City Lit printmaking course

    Course Date: Wed 5 Oct 2016
    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

  6. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 10 Oct 2016
    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

  7. Contemporary art sketchbook walk

    Course Date: Wed 31 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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

  8. Contemporary collage and mixed media

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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

  9. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 9 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  11. Contemporary portraits

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches to making a portrait including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Contemporary printmaking: practice and context

    Course Date: Sat 18 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Complete two practical projects as you explore the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary print practice. This will include ‘off the wall’ 2D into 3D, collaboration and the collision of traditional print with new technologies. This course is most suitable for advanced students or those with an established practice in fine art or design.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Creative sketchbook with printmaking

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jan 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts

    Course Date: Fri 10 Mar 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. 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

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