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: Sat 22 Jul 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    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. A practical introduction to making art

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to making art with taster sessions in four disciplines. You'll explore an idea in simple drawing, painting printmaking and sculpture. Build your skills in visual research and experimentation, and develop a personal sketchbook.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  3. Abstract painting summer school: focus on colour and large-scale techniques

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the Abstract Expressionists? Explore a range of large-scale painting techniques, including staining, squeegees, rollers and masking. Learn how to investigate ideas in tone and colour, and develop the art of controlled experimentation! Some basic experience required.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  4. Anatomical life and portrait drawing

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through drawing from direct observation of the model you'll examine key anatomical structures of the head and body. Suitable for those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Contemporary drawing sketchbook summer school

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the portable and sequential nature of sketchbook drawing to generate personal material, invite connections, and extract patterns of meaning. Includes off-site research, a set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Contemporary drawing studio summer intensive

    Course Date: Mon 14 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Creative, challenging projects to develop your drawing and to communicate your ideas in charcoal, graphite, ink and collage. Discover how your drawing fits the contemporary context through investigation of a variety of exciting artists.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Contemporary painting studio summer school

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes. Ideal if you have completed ‘Painting 1 and 2’, this course is for intermediate level and above.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  11. Contemporary portraits summer school

    Course Date: Mon 14 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces the basics of portrait painting, developing your use of skin tones, composition, tonal range and the mediums used with acrylic paint. There will be a series of exercises and experiments exploring different creative approaches to contemporary portrait painting using the imagination as well as observational techniques.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Developing a personal sketchbook: summer intensive

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Build confidence in using materials and techniques, including mark making, drawing, painting and mixed media. Explore ideas and subject matter, leading towards an imaginative composition of your choice.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Developing an experimental sketchbook: ideas and visual research

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop the sketchbook as an experimental space to conceive, research and generate creative ideas and imagery. Utilising a range of mixed-media approaches, you'll build confidence in using a sketchbook and in developing personal creative themes.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Developing contemporary collage, mixed media and assemblage

    Course Date: Mon 14 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with the interplay between two and three dimensions. We'll work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, collage and small scale constructions within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. 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

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