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: inspired by the city

    Course Date: Sun 1 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Taking inspiration from the urban environment, you will use your own sketches, photographs, resources or ideas to develop a range of prints using simple and direct printmaking techniques On this short course, you will experiment with monoprinting and drypoint techniques.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sat 7 Jul 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Summer night taster: monotype printmaking

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Monoytpe is a form of printmaking that results in making unique, one-off prints. Learn something about the process by exploring a few simple techniques and experimenting with surface textures and colour.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  4. Summer nights taster: watercolour techniques

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend an evening exploring simple and effective ways of sketching with watercolour.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  5. Summer nights taster: collage and mixed media

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the expressive possibilities of using collage and mixed media to create surprising juxtapositions and alter the meaning of images. Experiment with materials, processes and image making and develop your vocabulary of mark making.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  6. Summer nights taster: speed life drawing

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced evening that combines practical exercises with theory and techniques.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  7. Summer nights taster: cyanotype printmaking

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. This is a beginner's course for all.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  8. Life drawing after work

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of life models in different poses, using a range of drawing materials.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  9. Summer nights taster: mindfulness sketchbook walk

    Course Date: Fri 13 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us for a sketchbook walk around Covent Garden and the wider area to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing, we will examine our experience and open up to the magic and surprises that a summer evening in the city has to offer.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  10. French weekend: printmaking inspired by Matisse, stencils, colour and collage

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Matisse’s ‘Jazz’ limited edition book, containing prints of colourful paper cut-out collages, was published in 1947. Create a run of screen prints with an emphasis on colour and shape inspired by Matisse’s bold, exciting use of colour.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. French weekend: inspired by the Impressionists, painting the landscape

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the French Impressionists we will make paintings and drawings from observation outdoors in the landscape ('en plein air'), with the possibility of developing these further back in the studio. The course will enable you to explore the possibilities of landscape painting.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Expressionist life painting weekend: single pose

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop a personal response to life painting using a variety of approaches. Explore mark-making, rich colour, thick paint, thin paint, dramatic contrast, anything one feel expresses a personal response to the model.



    This is a single pose, so students have the opportunity to either work on several paintings over the period or one sustained pose. You can use either oil or acrylic paint.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. Drawing plants and flowers

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw plants and flowers from observation using a range of drawing techniques and mediums, including coloured pastels and inks. For all levels.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Introduction to drawing weekend

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Limber up your drawing skills with structured activities introducing 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  15. Watercolour all levels

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Devote a week of your summer to watercolour painting and be challenged to try or re-visit a number of watercolour techniques, considering process and colour as you focus on your favourite methods to develop a more personal body of work.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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