Drawing, Painting & Printmaking Courses in London

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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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

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  1. Experimental drawings

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Challenge and broaden your skills and experience experimenting and creating fast pace drawing using set briefs. This exciting short course enables you to explore and develop drawing in your own surroundings using a wide range of everyday materials and drawing media in new and innovative ways.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  2. Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Making and printing a collagraph

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a short course for printmakers, introducing you to the collagraph process. We will cover making and printing the collagraph from start to finish, including how to set up a workspace at home and printing without a press.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Introduction to colour theory for artists

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  7. Preparing digital images for printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This course has been developed to provide an introduction to the PhotoShop techniques required in order to prepare imagery for these printmaking processes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the Figure and Portrait. You'll develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artist contexts for this genre.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessement' to begin your application.
    Full fee: £1,899.00
    Senior fee: £1,519.00
    Concession: £1,158.00

  9. Drawing and mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from observation and the imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  10. Introduction to collecting art

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Discover how and where to buy art in today’s marketplace and get to know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online, and commission from conservation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. EDAM

    Extended drawing for artists and makers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  12. City Lit advanced printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This higher level, year-long course is aimed at printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Initially you'll be guided through research, experimentation and development tasks . Following this in terms 2 & 3 you will choose two projects as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves a theoretical, contextual and practical component.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'start assessment' to begin your application.
    Full fee: £1,649.00
    Senior fee: £1,649.00
    Concession: £1,006.00

  13. Could You Please Fuck Off, by Rolina Blok

    City Lit advanced print and media

    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms.
    Full fee: £2,049.00
    Senior fee: £1,639.00
    Concession: £1,250.00

  14. City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 8 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.



    This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin an application.
    Full fee: £1,799.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £1,097.00

  15. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    While we often privilege the brightest colours, this course will focus on how to make the most of muted colour. Taking inspiration examples from art history of grisaille, tonal painting, and the advantages of subdued colour you will practice these techniques before developing personal work of your own.

    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: £39.00
    Concession: £49.00

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