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 and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence, lightness 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.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Drawing for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills on this thorough and intensive course. Each day will focus on an aspect of drawing, covering key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 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
  6. 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
  7. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Explore 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
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  8. Life drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Collage and mixed media: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore 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
  10. City Lit contemporary collage projects 3
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 3 concludes with a final set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
  11. Life drawing: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  12. Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media, ideas and projects
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Apr 2023 (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. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Life drawing for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  14. Drawing and mindfulness
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  15. Drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Take 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

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