Drawing, painting & printmaking

Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, here at City Lit we have a variety of drawing and painting classes with plenty of dates and times for you to choose from. We offer a bright, modern environment for you to create your art in, as well as expert and supportive teaching. From beginners drawing and painting, to more advanced practice, take a look at our large range of courses for you to choose from.

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Drawing and the art of mindfulness by Clare Barton-Harvey

Save the date:  Foundation Diploma Exhibition 2018, 21-24 March 2018, Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London. View a gallery of images from 2014-2017.

Rodin, the father of modern sculpture

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  2. Ways into abstract painting

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  3. Drawing perspective: the basics

    Course Date: Thu 26 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Watercolour: cityscapes themes and ideas

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this more advanced class for students with some experience in using watercolour, we will build on more advanced colour mixing, mark making and watercolour techniques particular to painting on location. In this course there will be more emphasis on developing a personal style and you will be encouraged to pursue an individual approach to cityscapes as the term develops.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  5. Paint handling, scale and surface

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from the course 'Painting 2', enhance your paint handling skills and understanding of the dynamics of a painted surface, through a series of set projects and short critical discussions. Examine the role of painting tools, marks and scale in building a painting.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  6. Portraits 1

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  7. Painting 1

    Course Date: Fri 27 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  8. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Sun 29 Apr 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts - function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making - through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  9. Start printmaking

    Course Date: Sun 29 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  10. Life drawing

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from the nude model with structured teaching. Explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark-making with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  11. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal if you have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £479.00
    Concession: £365.00

  12. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Relief printmaking: large scale surfaces

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make large scale expressive prints in both wood-cut and monoprint. Experiment with combining the two processes to explore the exciting possibilities of layering an image using different printmaking processes. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Drawing and sketching in London's hidden gardens

    Course Date: Fri 4 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sketch directly from nature, discovering unique and little known public gardens in London.  The first session will be held in the studios at City Lit to receive tips for creating sketches to paint from later, plus a list of subsequent locations which are all within easy walking distance of a London Underground station.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 4 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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