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. Try it out: painting landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Drawing from plants and flowers

    Drawing from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration.

    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £105.00

  3. Developing ink and wash techniques

    Developing ink and wash techniques

    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for art students and for designers interested in waterbased techniques. Concentrating on the Still-life you will explore a variety of techniques and develop a fluidity of approach in using this exciting medium. Suitable for all levels.

    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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £110.00

  4. Introduction to colour theory for artists

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  5. Drawing and mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from observation and the imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £110.00

  6. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Course Date: Fri 6 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course introduces you to this exciting and versatile medium and the many ways in which you can explore and develop watercolour painting. You will learn various textural techniques alongside an introduction to the history of watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. Get the skills required to be able to select the correct materials, set yourself up and create a beautiful water colour painting.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. 50 drawings in a day

    50 drawings in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.

    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  8. Painting from plants and flowers

    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £75.00

  9. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques

    Course Date: Tue 10 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 11 Nov 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.

    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 12 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.

    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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £105.00

  12. Life drawing and painting studio

    Life drawing and painting studio

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.

    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020 (and 10 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.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £175.00

  14. Try it out: drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Nov 2020
    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.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. Watercolour 2

    Watercolour 2

    Course Date: Mon 16 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour 1.

    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

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