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. EDAM

    Extended drawing for artists and makers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An ONLINE advanced multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  2. Start life drawing

    Start life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.

    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  3. Start painting

    Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting introduction to acrylic painting techniques and brush handling. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Watercolour 2

    Watercolour 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  5. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (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

  6. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation single session

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 2 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, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online 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

  8. Boost your creativity: exercises to power your creative confidence

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your inner creativity and boost confidence in working with a range of different media and techniques with this short practical taster to get you into the creative swing.You will be shown quick, creative processes using Monoprint, Collage, Pastels and Phone Photography that will result in some innovative mixed media images. Suitable for total beginners, those looking to boost confidence in working with different media and people who are re-visiting their creative side. Show others just how creative you can be.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Drawing and the art of mindfulness: calm, clarity and resilience

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This one session workshop is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness and how it can support our appreciation of art, the world around us, and empathy for our shared human experience. During the session we will practice mindful looking, and simple drawing and mindfulness exercises as a basis for exploring the theme. The practice of mindfulness and building this into your creativity can not only support your ideas and work, but enhance it. No prior experience necessary



    (The content and skills offered on this one day workshop are transferable to other creative disciplines other than drawing and do require time in developing them).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £20.00
    Senior fee: £20.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Discover Suminagashi: Japanese paper marbling

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Suminagashi means “Floating Ink” in Japanese .This is the art of using sumi ink, water and soap to create beautiful woodgrain effect prints on washi paper or silk. A relaxing but focussed technique that can be done at home with a few simple materials. Suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  11. Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore artists use of mark-making and drawing to convey ideas, structures and places. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, to create a unique collection of drawing 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

  12. Mario Lautier Vella – Look Both Ways

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    To shine a spotlight on our exceptional tutor team in Visual Arts at City Lit, we are introducing a series of free talks lead by the tutors themselves where they discuss their unique art practice including what inspires and motivates them and how they make their work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting 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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  14. Discover painting: concepts, composition and colour

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Working with a simple set composition, explore colour-tonal concepts that will improve your basic skills in selecting and applying paint media . Discover painting is a short online workshops designed to complement all beginners/intermediate courses in figurative or abstract painting. Explore the potential of painting and build confidence to study further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and see if you want to progress to the next level.

    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: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

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