Mindfulness, drawing & creativity

Mindfulness, Drawing & Creativity Courses

The worlds of mindfulness and art are converging in new and exciting ways; mindfulness practice can develop reflection, concentration and self-examination leading to creative clarity through the pleasure of being present and aware.

Mindfulness exercises are not only useful for stress-reduction but can also support new ways of seeing and stimulate new directions, encouraging a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us and help to overcome obstacles to creativity such as the pressure for perfection, lack of confidence, self-doubt, and creative block.

These courses allow some personal time out, to reset and focus combining meditation with simple drawing and painting exercises that explore perception, flow and instinct as part of the creative process. We also offer courses that spark idea generation and creativity through playful mark making and experimentation with materials. These approaches help you to access, develop and sustain your imagination and to find ways of expressing yourself with increased freedom and confidence.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team on 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 in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.

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  1. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Burgess
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  2. Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  3. Life drawing and mindfulness
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore a range of experimental and traditional approaches to drawing the human figure and how mindfulness in the context of drawing can inspire confidence, increased awareness and connection to your materials and subject matter, and a sense of freedom.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making. You will receive a signed copy of Art and Creative Thinking when you attend this course.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  5. An introduction to drawing and the art of mindfulness
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Nov 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how mindfulness can support greater confidence, creativity, and a sense of freedom when drawing. The workshop is suitable for beginners to mindful drawing including those with experience in one or other discipline.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  6. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises. The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two combined can support new ways of seeing and relating to drawing. ‘The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes’ Marcel Proust.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of being
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore a range of mindfulness approaches to connect with drawing in refreshing ways. Discover the difference between ‘doing’ and ‘being’ and identify how this can support a more enriched experience of drawing.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Drawing and the art of mindfulness: tone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 Jun 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Investigate a range of ways to make tonal drawings, whilst exploring the benefits of mindfulness practice in relation to drawing. The workshop will focus on supporting you to develop new skills in handling materials, as well as a variety of creative expression.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £51.00
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