Drawing techniques & processes

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Drawing Techniques & Processes in London

Drawing underpins all art disciplines, and at City Lit, we offer a range of creative, hands-on Drawing courses to suit all levels of student experience from beginners to more experienced students and to encourage creativity and development of drawing skills for all.

Our courses are taught by professional artists who bring their wealth of experience and their specialist knowledge to enrich the student experience and to help students progress into their chosen art discipline while putting the subject into a historical and contemporary context.

Courses range from Start Drawing - for absolute beginners, through Drawing 1 and Drawing 2 for further development of skills and knowledge, and on to specialist drawing skills courses, where students can further explore more experimental and expressive skills in their own drawing projects.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of 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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team on visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Dec 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Drawing for beginners: intensive
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Dec 2022 (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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Steve Wright
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 3 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  7. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Drawing for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    In this fun filled sketchbook based course, you will recreate the experience of museum drawing within your own home. Create your own museum archive with personal possessions and found items forming the collection. You will be introduced to and explore variety of drawing media and techniques as you document your home musuem.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  10. Drawing 3: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  11. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  13. Drawing: old master techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 this time.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  15. Drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

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