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. Drawing 3: experimental approaches
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  5. 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
  6. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  7. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023 (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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore 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
  15. Collage and mixed media: expressive colour
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Use 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

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