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. Portraits 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. Expressionist life painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  3. Contemporary portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind!
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Explore colour in painting

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Drawing with colour

    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Drawing: focus on space and depth

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in art to create dramatic effects in drawing. Make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Drawing and painting from life: extended study

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop two ambitious and expressive life paintings from two sustained, contrasting, poses. Starting with drawing in line and tone, and continuing research through subtle colour exercises, you will have the chance to develop fully resolved images of the human form  in charcoal, oils or acrylic.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Hands-on art history: modern colour

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Painting has developed as human vision evolved and the scientific discovery of colour interaction in the 19th century gave birth to vibrant art movements. On this practical painting course you will take inspiration form Seurat, Matisse, Whistler, Monet Mark Rothko and William Nicholson and explore these pioneering approaches to colour in your own work.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Draw, paint, print

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will put together a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Contemporary collage projects: 3

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The final course in a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions.It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  14. Oil painting: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A session for all levels of ability to work alongside each other with expert tuition from the tutor. There will be an introduction to the rich and historical process of oil painting for those beginning to use oils, while more experienced students will consolidate their knowledge. Experience the whole process from your initial idea; starting a painting, organising a palette, mixing colours and creating texture using a range of techniques and exercises inspired by artists.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  15. Drawing and sketching in London's hidden gardens

    Drawing and sketching in London's hidden gardens

    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sketch directly from nature, discovering unique and little known public gardens in London.  The first session will be held in the studios at City Lit to receive tips for creating sketches to paint from later, plus a list of subsequent locations which are all within easy walking distance of a London Underground station.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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