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  1. Drawing: a contemporary approach
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jun 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  2. German beginners intensive: module 1 + 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Francine van den Berg
    The course aims to enable students to communicate with some fluency in a range of everyday situations.



    This course is a bit faster than our regular courses. Homework is therefore mandatory.







    To get an idea of our beginners courses, you might be interested in one of our online or in person tasters on Monday 9th or Tuesday 10th September: LGT1, LGT2, LGT6 or LGT7. This is an intensive programme for beginners to German, with the emphasis on developing your speaking and listening skills. Suitable for complete beginners. Based on Willkommen Chapters 1-6 (Hodder Arnold).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £162.00
    Rating:
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  3. Chinese 2 lower: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ting Poon
    Learn Chinese Mandarin on this lively online course.



    Continue improving your Chinese with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have been studying Chinese (Mandarin) for a year or have an equivalent level.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. 50 films from the 50s: Hollywood's last stand
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    The 1950s was the beginning of the end for the Hollywood studio era, a golden age in place since the 1920s. The fifties are more difficult to pin down than the 1930/40s due to explosive diversity in both subject matter and cinematic technology, the profound influence of WWII, the development of European neorealism and the first signs of the French New Wave. An emphasis on teen culture emerged, represented by the brief career of James Dean. Film stars became anti-heroes. The moguls who founded Hollywood began to disappear. The studio business model was doomed. Hollywood reacted both defensively and creatively, going for broke—and producing some of the finest and most enduring films in its history, films that transformed the culture, from Sunset Blvd. (1950) to Some Like It Hot (1959)—both by Billy Wilder. From The Asphalt Jungle (1950) to The Misfits (1961)— Marilyn Monroe’s first and final films, both directed by John Huston. From Here To Eternity (1953 Fred Zinnemann) to A Place in the Sun (1951 George Stevens, part of his American trilogy). Fifties’ films reflected a darkening America. (See related courses on Fifties Musicals, Melodrama and Film Noir).
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £188.00
  5. Developing illustration
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Our ‘Developing' courses help you take your next step in a chosen creative field.







    This course will help progress your illustration practice by further exploring the practical skills (using a variety of analogue and digital media) and conceptual skills (researching and developing your ideas) integral to the discipline. You will also begin to consider which of the many ‘applications’ of illustration your developing personal style might lend itself to; for example, editorial, fashion, book, or product illustration, to name a few.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  6. Developing watercolour painting
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jun 2024 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Explore the specific qualities of watercolour and the opportunities this adaptable medium offers to create dynamic painting compositions. Develop a fluency with brush work and layering of colour to develop compositional possibilities.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  7. Developing graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jun 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Our 'Developing' courses help you take your next step in your chosen creative field.







    Comics – once considered lowbrow, or seen as exclusively for children, now occupy a higher cultural domain. Partly thanks to a re-brand, (as ‘Graphic Novels’), no weighty subject is off-limits. A graphic novel has even been nominated for The Booker Prize!







    Alongside official publishing channels, exists a lively ‘zine’ culture, where comic and graphic-novel artists can legitimately self-publish and sell their work through a network of independent shops and fairs.







    Learn how to create Comics and Graphic-novels with City Lit, and – once you have developed your practice – how to navigate this thriving sector.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  8. Drawing: focus on space and depth
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore the potential of perspective, layering, light and shade to create space and depth in a drawing. By experimenting with different drawing mediums play with the picture plane in a drawing to achieve an illusion of depth. Using observational drawing make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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