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 email@example.com
- Drawing: charcoal techniquesCourse start date: Tue 28 Mar 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Shelley WilsonExplore 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Drawing: colour pastel techniquesCourse start date: Mon 13 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ro SylvesterExplore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Drawing: ink and wash techniquesCourse start date: Tue 4 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lisa IvoryThe immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Collage and mixed media: expressive colourCourse start date: Mon 17 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ute KreymanUse 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
- Drawing from plants and flowersCourse start date: Mon 17 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hilary RosenExplore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Collage and mixed media: experimental techniquesCourse start date: Thu 22 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BrisonExplore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniquesCourse start date: Sat 17 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BrisonA 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Drawing: a contemporary approachCourse start date: Fri 30 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Chris HoughTake your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- How to draw: step by step drawing portraitsCourse start date: Mon 8 May 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Chris GrayThis short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head. You will be working from artist images and examples.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Perspective drawing for artists and designersCourse start date: Mon 5 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amanda BrackenExplore 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
- Drawing and painting from the imaginationCourse start date: Tue 6 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare Barton-HarveyExplore 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
- Life drawing and mindfulnessCourse start date: Thu 16 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare Barton-HarveyExplore a range of imaginative and traditional approaches to drawing the human figure and how mindfulness in the context of drawing can inspire new ways of seeing and responding to your materials and subject matter.Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
- Drawing: old master techniquesCourse start date: Mon 13 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetLook 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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