Learning to draw can be fulfilling, frustrating, challenging, rewarding and relaxing. We offer drawing courses for the complete beginner, as well as a range of courses to develop your skills - from the use of colour and creating portraits to developing sketchbooks. Our expert tutors will guide and develop your skills and also give you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students. Come and enjoy these popular classes - but hurry, as they do tend to fill up quickly. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, by working both with observation and intuition, in a journey through colour and mark-making.
Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
Explore the visual elements of drawing and mark-making though both quick and sustained studies. Learn to make and analyse drawn images, manipulate composition and structure to create dynamic, expressive, drawings.
This project-based collaboration with English National Ballet offers a unique opportunity to take inspiration from the figure in dance and movement and to develop a personal response, using drawing and mixed media. The course takes place at both Sadler’s Wells theatre, where dancers will be rehearsing a triple bill performance including Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring, and at the City Lit studios.