Start a sketchbook

Course Dates: 01/07/20 - 15/07/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to learn how to draw in a sketchbook? In three evenings you’ll draw and sketch a variety of subjects, including some work outside the studio at a surprise location near to City Lit.


What is the course about?

This course will provide guidance on sketchbook drawing, to get you started with pencils and charcoal, using black & white and colour to represent different subjects in different ways.

What will we cover?

Drawing from a variety of subjects, including some still-life and some city/landscape, gives you the opportunity to explore some drawing effects such as light/shadow to create volume, and types of mark-making. You will also be given brief introductions to colour and perspective, which could then be followed up in a further course.
Using a sketchbook enables you to make studies of your subjects and explore different drawing techniques.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Start to draw contrasting shapes with confidence
- Use and explore three different drawing methods
- Achieve confidence to draw in a sketchbook
- Start to draw different subjects from direct observation.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for you if you are a beginner to drawing, or if you:
- want to learn more about drawing
- have not used a sketchbook before
- need more confidence drawing different subjects
- would like to try out different ways of sketchbook drawing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will receive individual guidance, with brief demonstrations, and some group discussion, to enable you to develop your practical work in the sketchbook throughout the course.
You will be encouraged to do some work in the sketchbook between the class sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Sketchbooks and basic drawing materials will be provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your work by joining further sketchbook courses. Alternatively, you may wish to develop your observational drawing skills on our Drawing 1 course, Introduction to Perspective or Life Drawing. Your tutor can give you individual advice about other course options.

Tutor Biographies
Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VH742

Wed, eve, 01 Jul - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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