Drawing, Painting & Printmaking Courses - Online & 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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Looking at artists: focus on the artists palette

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will focus on the Artist's palette in reference to the slow drying nature of oil paint that allows for strategic arrangement, harmonious mixtures and a unity of colour on the canvas. We will look at examples of artists who make successful use of such strategies in their paintings such as Whistler, William Nicholson and the Canadian Group of Seven.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Preparing digital images for printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly becoming 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 online workshop in preparing digital images for printmaking will provide an introduction to specialise tools and techniques required using Adobe Photoshop in order to prepare your imagery for these printmaking processes.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Strengthen your drawing: experimental monotype and handprint 

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This experimental course will push your drawing to the next level as you use a range of strategies which incorporate handprint techniques to refine skills and test different approaches.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  4. Looking at artists: focus on pointillism

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will introduce to you to pointillism and approaches in optical mixing of colours used by French artist Georges Seurat and his contemporaries. While making small scale colour experiments with oil paints we will discuss Seurat’s work in greater depth and examine visual references.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Start a creative handmade sketchbook

    Start a creative handmade sketchbook

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online workshop focuses on creating a Handmade Sketchbook and will take your ideas and personal stories as a starting point. Explore different visual directions, through drawing, painting, collage and mono-printing techniques. You will experiment with different papers and surfaces, through layering, folding, tearing, soaking, weaving, sewing etc. bringing your ideas and work togther in a series of rich and varied pages, you will then develop this using simple techniques to make a very personal and expressive handmade sketchbook.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  6. Exploring portraiture

    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course will investigate unconventional approaches to drawing and painting the human face, guided through an exploration of the working methods of particular artists who disrupt or subvert traditional portraiture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  7. How to draw: developing research and inspiration in drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts through a carefully structured approach by researching colour in drawing, drawing from secondary sources and the use of collage, develop own drawing subjects based on sketchbook ideas, consolidated in a drawing from individual research.

    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: £50.00

  8. How to paint: colour and composition

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 8 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  9. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Working on a self-directed project? Have a creative block? Need help with those first inntial steps to uncover those inner cretaive ideas? This short and exciting online workshop is a perfect starting point for you all. Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help promote you to start drawing, painting, looking at art in a idfferent light and respond to the world around you in a creative way.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Watercolour: introduction to colour mixing techniques

    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches to mixing and working with your palette of watercolours. You will also explore textural mark making and how to use colour in your work to showcase details. Build confidence in mixing colours, understanding how to work with a lmited palette and create beautiful watercolour work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £55.00

  11. Introduction to colour theory for artists

    Introduction to colour theory for artists

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  12. How to paint: layers and application

    Course Date: Thu 11 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out new and exciting ways to apply and handle acrylic paint in this short online module in painting. You will be introduced to essential elements associated with paint handling and learn layering techniques that will really take your painting skills to the next level. You will be introduced to and work on colour relationships and expand your knowledge and understanding of technical terms used in painting to help support your practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  13. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 15 Mar 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.

    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

  14. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Tue 16 Mar 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Looking at artists: focus on landscapes

    Looking at artists: focus on landscapes

    Course Date: Tue 16 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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