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

  1. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Oct 2020 (and 4 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: £60.00

  2. Try it out: painting landscapes

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    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

  3. Introduction to collecting art

    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art but were afraid to ask. Discover how and where to buy art in today’s marketplace and get to know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online, and commission from conservation.

    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: £60.00

  4. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 12 Nov 2020
    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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020 (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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  6. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Nov 2020
    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

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