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. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  2. Artists sketchbook walk
    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
  3. Introduction to still-life in pastels
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to making a still-life in pastels. Learn how to mix pastels on paper, choose suitable materials and supports to allow you to create a finished pastel drawing.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Anatomical life drawing
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie the human figure. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  5. Contemporary collage and mixed media: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Jul 2023

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. City Lit contemporary collage projects 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 2 continues with a 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
  7. Portraits 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture further and build your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00
  8. Museum drawing at home
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    In this fun filled sketchbook based course, you will recreate the experience of museum drawing within your own home. Create your own museum archive with personal possessions and found items forming the collection. You will be introduced to and explore variety of drawing media and techniques as you document your home musuem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. City Lit year of the figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen, Desmond Haughton, Luke Jones, Kim Scouller
    City Lit year of figure and portrait projects course explores the endlessly fascinating subject of the human form through various aspects of drawing and painting the figure and portrait. For those interested in building real progress confidence in practical skills associated with figure and portrait drawing and painting. Be informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artists' contexts that will support your creative work.
    Full fee £2,399.00 Senior fee £1,919.00 Concession £1,559.00

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