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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A mini coastal-adventure for painters. Begins with a sketchbook and photography research visit to Margate, followed by studio-development of ideas at City Lit to finish painting. Suitable for intermediate to advanced painting students. Leads to a small group exhibition.
Learn to sketch the urban landscape using tone and colour, with step-by-step techniques for taking your drawings into painting. Takes-in urban vistas from Tate Modern to the City. First day off-site, second day at studio. Some basic drawing and painting experience useful.
Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. This will enable you to create a perspective drawing, working from observation visualising interior spaces and objects.
Explore the creative possibilities of drawing. Concepts of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making will be introduced and developed using a range of visual starting points, including working from a model and on location.
Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of the time.
Explore using mixed media and colour to enrich your understanding of drawing; engage with different drawing techniques and materials, collage, mono print, simple models of spaces and a short introduction to colour theory. All levels welcome.