Drawing

Drawing Courses in London

At City Lit, we have a variety of drawing courses, delivered in our bright, modern studios for students to create and develop a body of drawing work. Supported by our team of experienced and expert tutors, we offer students both a practical guide and an informative insight, providing an opportunity for all levels to explore traditional and contemporary styles of drawing.

We have classes for everyone, whether you’re a complete beginner and you want an introduction to drawing; or you’re at an intermediate or higher level and you want classes that focus on developing advanced drawing skills such as mark making techniques, experimental approaches and use of colour, tone and shade within these disciplines.

Our courses are specially designed to offer you support in overcoming any frustrations, learning new skills and helping you achieve your personal creative goals.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

To arrange a conversation with our drawing coordinator about your interests, options and courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Drawing and the art of mindfulness: tone
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Investigate a range of traditional and experimental ways to make tonal drawings, whilst exploring the benefits of mindfulness practice in relation to drawing. A practical drawing course from observation, the imagination and abstraction.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  2. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Sketching at the museum: William Morris Gallery
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; practice and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding by working from a fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The William Morris Museum.



    Meet in main entrance Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Rd, Walthamstow E17 4PP.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: imagination
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the relationship of drawing, imagination and mindfulness and discover a range of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement in drawing. This short course offers a valuable introduction to mindful drawing, or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing practice.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an exciting range of artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how this can support new ways of seeing to stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  7. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  8. Drawing for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills over three intensive days. We will cover key aspects of drawing such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  9. Drawing and mindfulness: an introduction
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  10. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  11. Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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