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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Paint a portrait in oils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 3 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 with mixed media.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  6. Abstract drawing

    Abstract drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  7. Hand-on art history: muted colour

    Course Date: Thu 12 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    While we often privilege the brightest colours, this course will focus on how to make the most of muted colour. Taking inspiration examples from art history of grisaille, tonal painting, and the advantages of subdued colour you will practice these techniques before developing personal work of your own.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Try it out after work: 20 drawings in a night

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Japanese woodcut

    Japanese woodcut

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over two 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  10. Beginners' painting projects

    Beginners' painting projects

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Over 4 Sundays, this course enables you to complete a painting project. Working to a given theme you will learn the process from start to finish of making a painting. Starting with making preparatory studies, you will work up to producing a finished painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  11. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Mar 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Learn to use: charcoal

    Learn to use: charcoal

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Get skills in: drawing in perspective

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing systems such as perspective, isometric and shading models will be explored, developed and applied to imagined and observed objects and spaces. This will enable you to visualise ideas through the use of these systems and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Drawing traditional portraits: 2 day pose

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your portrait drawing skills using traditional methods of observation. Working from a variety of portrait models you will work predominately with charcoal and pencil. This is a mixed ability course open to all levels.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

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