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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Collage and mixed media: expressive colourCourse start date: Mon 17 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ute KreymanUse 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.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Drawing from plants and flowersCourse start date: Mon 17 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenExplore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Life drawing: a contemporary approachCourse start date: Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amanda BrackenThis course introduces exciting contemporary approaches to life drawing using a variety of mark-making and mixed-media. You will be encouraged to explore creative and imaginative approaches to responding to the life model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Drawing 3: experimental approachesCourse start date: Wed 19 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BrisonExplore 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
- City Lit contemporary collage projects 3Course start date: Thu 20 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Simon EnglishCity Lit contemporary collage projects 3 concludes with a final set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
- Life drawing: experimental approachesFull fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media, ideas and projectsCourse start date: Fri 27 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BrisonDevelop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
- Drawing and mindfulnessCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley Street (other locations are available)Tutors: Clare Barton-HarveyAn opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
- Drawing: a contemporary approachCourse start date: Fri 30 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Chris HoughTake 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
- Introduction to life drawing and paintingCourse start date: Sat 29 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tony HullLearn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
- Large-scale sketchbookCourse start date: Fri 5 May 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tony HullGain an understanding of how to undertake experimental visual research, capturing images on site and exploring their creative possibilities and significance back in the studio using extended drawing practices to construct an ideas-rich sketchbook.Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
- Sketchbooks: from observation to abstractionCourse start date: Fri 5 May 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Mario Lautier VellaUsing a sketchbook as an experimental place in which to explore ideas, take risks and reflect, you will embark on a 'visual journey' of transformational creative processes from observational drawing towards abstraction.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Draw, paint, printCourse start date: Wed 17 May 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Eleanor BedlowOn this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
- Life drawing: an extended studyFull fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
- Perspective drawing for artists and designersCourse start date: Thu 1 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amanda BrackenExplore 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
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