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. Printmaking studio: all levels

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  2. Start printmaking

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Experimental painting techniques

    Experimental painting techniques

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Test unorthodox ways of layering and combining oil and acrylic media, including silk-screen print techniques for development in the painting studio. An intermediate course for painters who wish to learn more about paint application techniques and contemporary visual language.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  4. Structured life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    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 beginners as well as intermediate learners.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  5. Start drawing

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Drawing 1

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018 (and 7 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

  7. Large-scale drawing and painting

    Large-scale drawing and painting

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Screenprinting for graphic artists

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You don’t have to be a graphic designer to learn how to screen print and use this to produce your own project such as a zine, book, stickers or an edition of prints etc. For all levels.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  9. Start painting

    Start painting

    Course Date: Sun 11 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Learning to draw at the V&A Museum

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Mixed media drawing and collage

    Mixed media drawing and collage

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Watercolour: intermediate

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your existing watercolour skills, by working on a personal project. Guidance on techniques through practical exercises will enable you to explore and create a series of studies related to your chosen theme or idea. You will work towards producing more developed watercolour pieces.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Contemporary painting studio

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    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 for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  14. Hands on art history: responding to Picasso

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    There are many faces to Picasso. During this practical course the group will examine and respond to some of the approaches to painting and drawing which Picasso gifted us: Cubism, Neo Classicism, and the inventive use of line which distinguishes his etchings. After exploring three of Picasso’s phases of work students will develop their personal projects.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    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

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