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. Watercolour on location weekend

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This lively watercolour course starts in the studio where you will develop colour mixing and watercolour techniques particular to cityscapes. Then you will put these skills into practice making a series of paintings on location in the city and by the Thames. Suitable for those with some watercolour experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Art and creative thinking workshop with Rod Judkins

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018 (and 5 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. Drawing and movement

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An expressive use of materials (charcoal, ink, paint) can communicate a sense of movement and 'life' from different subjects: the human figure, natural forms and alternative imagery. Some drawing experience would be an advantantage.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Painting and the art of mindfulness

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course you will look at ways to heighten awareness of the observed world, and sharpen your intuition. Using paint combined with awareness exercises will allow your creativity to flourish producing exciting exploratory images.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  5. Photoshop for printmaking

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Introduction to: watercolour painting

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  8. Experience: drawing

    Experience: drawing

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  9. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 5 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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Experience: oil painting

    Experience: oil painting

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience painting in oils. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way to start oil painting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  12. Printmaking studio: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 8 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: £519.00
    Senior fee: £415.00
    Concession: £317.00

  13. Experience: life drawing

    Experience: life drawing

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try drawing the nude figure from observation. You’ll be guided by an experienced tutor through simple exercises to help you draw proportion, gain confidence and explore different drawing materials.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  14. Introduction to screenprinting

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  15. Get skills in: mixing paint for skin tones

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 'Get Skills in' courses are aimed at those wishing to acquire or refresh skills in specific, vital art practices. This one is a must for life and portrait painters. Learn practical approaches to colour mixing in acrylic and oil paint to create a range of skin tones.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

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