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. 50 drawings in a day

    50 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Fri 15 May 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  2. Anatomical portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  3. Learning through drawing: V&A

    Course Date: Fri 15 May 2020 (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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Life painting

    Life painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting the nude figure has intrigued and challenged artists throughout the centuries. In this life painting course you will work with experienced life models and be taught following specially structured exercises to improve your skills in this fascinating and rewarding genre.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Drawing into watercolour

    Drawing into watercolour

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, by working both with observation and intuition, in a journey through colour and mark-making.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  6. Life drawing: experimental approaches with mixed media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of media and imaginative/dynamic approaches to drawing the figure to aid observational drawing, inspire your interest in the subject or access new and innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  7. Painting 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 20 May 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. PATTI TAYLOR  Shell 2 CYANOTYPE

    Cyanotype in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Explore colour in painting

    Course Date: Tue 26 May 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylic paint.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  10. Contemporary art sketchbook walk

    Contemporary art sketchbook walk

    Course Date: Thu 28 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Develop your creative and critical engagement in the settings of East London's cutting edge independent galleries and artists' spaces. You will build a sketch book / journal to record your work, ideas and findings.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Learning through drawing: British Museum

    Course Date: Thu 28 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the British Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Developing watercolour

    Developing watercolour

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 29 May 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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. From observation to abstraction: a sketchbook journey

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always wanted to draw in a sketchbook?

    Thoughout this course, you’ll learn basic sketchbook techniques in the studio, then progress to making your own sketches of the River Thames on location near to City Lit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Develop still life with ink and wash

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for art students and for designers interested in watercolour techniques. Concentrating on the Still-life you will explore a variety of techniques and develop a fluidity of approach in using this exciting medium.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  15. Drawing perspective: taking it further

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Building on a basic understanding of perspective, you'll further develop your ideas, drawing imagined or observed objects and spaces. There will also be the option to work on your own project with guidance from the tutor. Perspective, and other drawing systems, will help you visualise ideas and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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