Sketchbooks & location drawing

Sketchbooks & Location Drawing Courses

Don’t know where to start with a sketchbook? Finding it difficult to get ideas down on paper? We offer a range of sketchbook courses that build confidence in working across drawing, painting and mixed-media.

Whatever your level of experience, you’re welcome to join us in learning how to get the most out of sketchbooks: from a basic introduction to what a sketchbook is and exploring techniques and processes used to communicate ideas, to learning how to record your thoughts and inspirations. An artist’s sketchbook is a critical part of the creative process and can be considered an artwork in itself.

Understanding how to manage and develop a sketchbook can really help you when going on to study at a higher level. If you’re up for a challenge, you can make your own sketchbook using unconventional papers, materials or formats or work at large scale. Our off-site courses provide opportunities to work outside of the studio environment; sketching on location or visiting some of London’s leading contemporary art spaces, galleries and museums to inspire creative work.

For more information about 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media projects
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media within a contemporary context. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.
    Full fee £409.00 Senior fee £327.00 Concession £266.00
  4. Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Thu 2 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Heidi Wigmore
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from a fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  7. Sketchbooks: observation to abstraction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Using 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  8. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £209.00
  9. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Join us for a sketchbook walk around Central London to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing we will be examining our experience and opening up to the magic and surprises that the city has to offer.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  10. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
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  11. Artists sketchbook walk
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Heidi Wigmore
    Take a sketchbook walk in Central London to observe, record and engage with the urban environment, both historic architecture, modern skylines, the river and parks. Quick sketching, supported by discussion and reflection along the way, will open up new ways of seeing and responding to your surroundings. Meet at City Lit main entrance.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  12. Sketching at the museum: Tate Britain
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic artworks at Tate Britain.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  13. Sea-drawings: mixed-media project on location
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    Have you always wanted to capture seascapes in a sketchbook?



    On this summerschool you'll learn different techniques and experiment with materials to make some exciting



    seascape studies on location.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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