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.

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

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. Old master drawing techniques: summer school intensive
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  2. Contemporary collage: summer school intensive
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    A short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Drawing for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Sep 2024 (and 13 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, you will be introduced to 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £139.00
  5. Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  6. Life drawing: focus on hands and feet
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This short course is aimed at those with some previous life drawing experience who would like to meet the unique challenge of drawing hands and feet. Explore how to make sense of their complex structure and form and to draw these parts of the anatomy convincingly. You'll never leave hands and feet out of your life drawings again!
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Large-scale mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    An exciting short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of creative techniques including collage from found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images on a large scale.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  9. 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
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