Sketchbooks, offsite and studio development

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. Artists sketchbook: contemporary practice
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022 (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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  2. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021 (and 4 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'll 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.



    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  3. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Mar 2022 (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 £140.00
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  4. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an exciting range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Large-scale sketchbook
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  8. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Sketchbooks: from observation to abstraction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Using a sketchbook as an experimental place in which to explore ideas, take risks and reflect, you will embark on a 'visual journey' of transformational creative processes from observational drawing towards abstraction.



    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 £140.00

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