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.

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 visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

 
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  1. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    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 paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  2. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  3. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    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
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    94% of 100
  4. Sketching at the museum: Tate Britain
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: British Museum
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023 (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 objects and artifacts in The British Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  6. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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 paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  7. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Helen Burgess
    Join us for a sketchbook walk in 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 an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  8. Sketching at the museum: Wellcome Collection
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Mar 2023 (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 an fascinating range of objects and artifacts at The Wellcome Collection.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  9. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Mar 2023 (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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  10. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  11. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  12. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  13. Sketching at the museum: Imperial War
    Course start date:  Thu 11 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Heidi Wigmore
    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Imperial War Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  14. Looking at artists: drawing and markmaking
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  15. Artists sketchbook walk
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    Join us for a sketchbook walk in 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 an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

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