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 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Oil painting projects 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious and sensitive medium, which can be used to create expressive and complex images. This course is for oil painters with some experience who want to develop their own individual painting projects, with expert tutor guidance.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Explore your creativity

    Explore your creativity

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Nov 2020 (and 3 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. EDAM

    Extended drawing for artists and makers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An 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 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: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

  4. Start life drawing

    Start life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Get skills in: charcoal drawing techniques

    Course Date: Fri 27 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.

    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: £85.00

  6. Start painting

    Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020
    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: £73.00

  7. large-scale drawing and painting projects

    Large-scale drawing and painting projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.

    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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Beginners watercolour: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Condense your learning on this intensive course. Working from still life explore a variety of application techniques such as layering, masking-out and creating textures to gain a grounding in the rich possibilities of the watercolour medium.

    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: £85.00

  9. Get skills in: painting processes

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Get skills in: oil painting mediums

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.

    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.

    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: £85.00

  11. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Drawing and mindfulness

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 3 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Looking at artists: focus on landscapes

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. drawing and painting from the imagination

    Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.

    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: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

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