Drawing and painting

Drawing & Painting Courses in London

Our wide range of drawing and painting courses offer students both a practical guide and an informative insight, providing an opportunity for all levels to explore traditional and contemporary styles.

From complete beginners who want an general overview and introduction to drawing and painting through to more intermediate classes that focus on developing mark making techniques, experimental approaches and use of colour, tone and shade within these disciplines.

Our team of experienced artists and expert tutors work with our students to support them in overcoming their frustrations and challenges often involved in the learning of drawing and painting working at both small and large scale.

All classes will be taught in one of our bright, modern and relaxing art studios with basic art materials and resources supplied. At City lit our drawing and painting classes on offer will help anybody to fulfill their personal creative goals and uncover the inner artist in themselves.

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. A short introduction to painting in oils
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn all the techniques required for a full palette oil painting using just one colour and white, learn palette layout and organisation, how to hold and use brushes, how to apply paint to canvas and pigment properties.

    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
  2. How to paint: colour and composition
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    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
  3. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.

    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
  4. Drawing 2 (online)
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  5. Museum drawing at home
    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    In this fun filled sketchbook based course, you will recreate the experience of museum drawing within your own home. Create your own museum archive with personal possessions and found items forming the collection. You will be introduced to and explore variety of drawing media and techniques as you document your home musuem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  6. Drawing 1 (online)
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £180.00
  7. Step by step: how to draw hands and feet
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course will break down the complex forms of the hands and feet into easily manageable forms and shapes allowing you to confidently draw these challenging subjects.

    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
  8. Explore your creativity
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021 (and 2 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.

    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
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  9. How to draw: a complete course for beginners
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00
  10. Introduction to painting skin tones in 3 colours
    Course Date: Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Mixing skin tones can be an incredibly difficult challenge and for many it can present a range of technical issues and problem dolving. This short online course will introduce you to approaches in building and developing life like skins tones using a limited paint palette. Guided by live artist demonstrations, you will simplify the problem and so develop an easy and logical approach to painting skin tones.

    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
  11. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to use a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.

    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
  12. How to paint: layers and application
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    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 techniques associated with paint handling and learn how to build, and apply layers of paint in your work. Work on colour relationships and expand your knowledge and understanding of technical terms used in painting. This short workshop is perfect for beginners who want to take their painting skills to the next level.

    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 2
    Course Date: Thu 10 Jun 2021 (and 2 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  14. How to paint: working from life and imagination
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.

    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
  15. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Course Date: Tue 20 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our morning meditation sessions that bring togther tha art of drawing and mindfulness. 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. Each morning there will be guided meditation to enable us to settle the mind and become quietly aware of our senses.

    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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