Drawing, Painting & Printmaking Courses in London

Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, here at City Lit we have a variety of drawing and painting classes with plenty of dates and times for you to choose from. We offer a bright, modern environment for you to create your art in, as well as expert and supportive teaching. From beginners drawing and painting, to more advanced practice, take a look at our large range of courses for you to choose from.

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 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. Could You Please Fuck Off, by Rolina Blok

    City Lit advanced print and media

    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    (click here to see an exhibition of work by students on the course )



    This advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms, at advanced practical and conceptual levels.

    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: £2,049.00
    Senior fee: £1,639.00
    Concession: £1,250.00

  2. Start painting

    Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Watercolour 2

    Watercolour 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour 1.

    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

  4. Japanese woodcut printmaking

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over three full days. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  5. Preparing digital images for printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This course has been developed to provide an introduction to the PhotoShop techniques required in order to prepare imagery for these printmaking processes.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation single session

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 2 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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online 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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  9. Print projects

    Print projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These are popular tutor-led printmaking studio sessions that can be booked individually as required. You have the option to join in the taught themes or you can work on your own personal projects. Ideal for students with some experience of printmaking.

    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: £60.00

  10. Beginners watercolour: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  11. Boost your creativity: exercises to power your creative confidence

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your inner creativity and boost confidence in working with a range of different media and techniques with this short practical taster to get you into the creative swing.You will be shown quick, creative processes using Monoprint, Collage, Pastels and Phone Photography that will result in some innovative mixed media images. Suitable for total beginners, those looking to boost confidence in working with different media and people who are re-visiting their creative side. Show others just how creative you can be.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    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 on this one day workshop are transferable to other creative disciplines other than drawing and do require time in developing them).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £20.00
    Senior fee: £20.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Discover Suminagashi: Japanese paper marbling

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Suminagashi means “Floating Ink” in Japanese .This is the art of using sumi ink, water and soap to create beautiful woodgrain effect prints on washi paper or silk. A relaxing but focussed technique that can be done at home with a few simple materials. Suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. introduction to printmaking

    Introduction to printmaking

    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.

    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £80.00

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