Drawing & Painting Courses - Online & 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. Personal projects studio

    Personal projects studio

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A new bi-weekly session ONLY for students who have previously attended 'Six projects in six days' or 'Experimental portraits' online courses. These virtual ‘studio’ sessions are for students working independently and who are completing ongoing personal projects. The sessions will be structured around research, presentations, informal reviews, discussion, 1:1 tutorials and the setting of short exercises/ practical tasks to shift thinking.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 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

  3. How to draw: structure and markmaking in drawing

    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop the key drawing concepts line tone proportion composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    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

  4. How to paint: colour and composition

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 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

  5. Watercolour: introduction to washes and brush techniques

    New
    Course Date: Wed 10 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches in working with watercolour, as you explore a variety of applications and techniques that are essential when working with and manipulating this medium. Discover the various marks that can be made with techniques in brush handling as well as a guide to washes building your first steps in producing 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

  6. Drawing 1: online short course

    Drawing 1: online short course

    Course Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Drawing 1: online short course is our brand new alternative offer to our popular class based course. Drawing 1 will guide you through the starting principles of drawing and will support you with the creative possibilities of drawing. This online course will provide you with the confidence to 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 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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £170.00

  7. Develop a personal project

    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Enabling you to develop your ideas as you explore and circle a theme for an original project. You will be technically and conceptually supported as you use personal sources, experimentation, research and review.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Step by step: how to draw portraits

    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages 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

  9. How to paint: working from life and imagination

    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  10. drawing and painting from the imagination

    Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore drawing and painting from the imagination and develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating your imagination and sustaining your imaginative engagement in drawing and painting. The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.

    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

  11. How to draw: perspective and scale drawing

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop the key drawing concepts perspective, viewpoints, contouring and directional lines, mark making and movement in a large-scale drawing at beginners level and through a carefully structured approach.

    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

  12. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 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

  13. Looking at artists: focus on landscapes

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 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

  14. Drawing from house plants and flowers

    Drawing from house plants and flowers

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 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 sue 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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

  15. 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

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