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. Introduction to drawing and painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing and painting and learn skills to gain confidence and understanding. Investigate key drawing concepts such as line, tone, form, mark making, composition and how to organise a palette, mix colours and use a range of painting techniques. A practical course for 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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Painting 2

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.

    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

  3. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Try it out: watercolour painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Lindy Clark

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £809.00
    Senior fee: £647.00
    Concession: £493.00

  5. Perspective drawing for designers

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.

    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: £109.00

  6. Watercolour 1

    Watercolour 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation. Suitable for 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020 (and 6 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: £213.00

  9. Art and mindfulness: an introduction

    New
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 in this workshop are transferable to other creative disciplines).

    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

  10. draw, paint, print

    Draw, paint, print

    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .

    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: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

  11. Mixed media and drawing projects 1

    Mixed media and drawing projects 1

    New
    Course Date: Thu 8 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Mixed Media and drawing projects 1 is the first of a two part course that will introduce you to a wide range of exciting projects bringing together specialist materials and techniques. You will work with different concepts and engage with observational and life drawing, collage, mono-printing, 3D exploration and painting. These developed skills will allow you to create an experimental and exciting portfolio of personal, creative work.

    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: £669.00
    Senior fee: £535.00
    Concession: £408.00

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

    New
    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This workshop will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness with a focus on how it can support calm, clarity and resilience. During the session you will explore the relationship of mindfulness and drawing and how these two disciplines can enhance and resource our lives.



    (The content and skills offered in this workshop are transferable to other creative disciplines).

    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. Talking to Paintings

    New
    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    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

  14. Start watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. contemporary drawing studio

    Contemporary drawing studio

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.

    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: £109.00

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