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.

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  1. Complete painting course: next steps

    Complete painting course: next steps

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part two of the complete painting course is the second stage of our Saturday Painting School, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will build on the skills learned in Complete Painting 1 (or similar courses) and develop your proficiency in the use of oil or acrylic paint.

    Please be aware that there will be an offsite visit on week 9: 16th March 2019.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. Experimental watercolour techniques and materials

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Learn to use: soft pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to achieve wonderfully luscious, velvety textured pastel paintings by experimenting with techniques such as blending and overlaying and through practical exercises, gain insight into suitable supports and subject matter.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Photography as a tool for inspiration

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction into using photography as a mechanism to collect and develop visual ideas.

    The course won’t necessarily go into the technical side of photography, but concentrate on how a

    camera can be extremely beneficial to the formation and development of a visual practice.

    Using whichever camera they choose, be it a DSLR or a phone camera, students will learn how to

    connect the outside world with the development of their own visual practice.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Screenprinting workshop: the basics

    Screenprinting workshop: the basics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You don’t have to be a graphic designer to learn how to screen print and use this to produce your own project such as a zine, book, stickers or an edition of prints etc. For all levels.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  8. Try it out: drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Develop your drawing and painting

    Develop your drawing and painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of approaches to develop your creative potential in observational drawing and painting. Discover the relationship between drawing and painting and further develop your skills in composition, colour, and mark making.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  10. Contemporary approaches to drawing and painting the figure

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course we will push the boundaries of current life drawing practice in exciting and experimental ways. Working from the live model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring unusual drawing approaches with reference to both contemporary and historic artists.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts

    Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Try it out: Drawing at the V&A museum

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn how to draw with 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

  13. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Oil painting projects

    Oil painting projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Life and portrait

    Life and portrait

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try your hand at drawing from the live model and explore the fascinating world of depicting the human form, both face and body.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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