Sketchbooks, Offsite & Studio Development Courses in London

Don’t know where to start with a sketchbook? Finding it difficult to get ideas down on paper? Then why not study one of our sketchbook courses. From a basic introduction to what a sketchbook is, exploring techniques and processes used to communicate ideas or learn how to record thoughts and inspiration when visiting an art gallery or museum.

An artist’s sketchbook is a critical part of the creative process in recording thoughts and ideas and can be considered and artwork in itself. Understanding ways to manage and develop a sketchbook can really help students when going on to studying at higher levels or managing how to record their work in their studio or off-site.

Our off-site courses provide opportunities for students to work outside of an art studio environment, drawing on location and visiting some of London’s leading contemporary art spaces, galleries and museums; using the art objects and collections you visit to inspire future work.

We offer a range of sketchbook courses that build confidence to students in working across drawing, painting and mixed-media. Up for a challenge? Why not make your own sketchbook or work at large or unconventional scales? All levels of experience welcome as students learn how to get the most out of their sketchbooks.

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. Picture framing and mounting for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment

    you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale

    practice from home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some basic 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  2. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Course Date: Mon 18 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 and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    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: £99.00

  3. Introduction to stretching and priming a canvas

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for 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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  4. Artists sketchbook: contemporary practice

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.

    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

  5. Start a creative handmade sketchbook

    Start a creative handmade sketchbook

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This Handmade Sketchbook Course will take your ideas and personal stories as a starting point and explore them in different visual directions, through drawing, painting, collage and mono-printing techniques. You will experiment with different papers and surfaces, through layering, folding, tearing, soaking, weaving, sewing etc. This series of rich and varied pages will be brought together to make a very personal and expressive handmade sketchbook.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  6. Mindfulness sketchbook walk

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us for a sketchbook walk in Central London to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing we will be examining our experience and opening up to the magic and surprises that an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.

    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: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  7. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021 (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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Thinking through drawing: British Museum

    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the British Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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

  9. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous 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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  10. Large-scale experimental sketchbook

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a sketchbook that explores ideas and an experimental use of a range of materials. Start with an offsite visit and develop the sketchbook using it as a visual journal of your thinking.

    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

  11. Thinking through drawing: Tate Modern

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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

  12. Thinking through drawing: National Gallery

    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  13. Drawing and painting landscapes

    Course Date: Tue 4 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?

    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.

    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

  14. Thinking through drawing: V&A Museum

    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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

  15. Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Course Date: Fri 28 May 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic 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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

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