Drawing London: Cityscapes & Portraits


COURSE DATES: Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2024

TUTOR: Kinga Markus


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Beginner

FEE: £370

LOCATION: Bankside Campus, 185 Park Street, SE1 9SH

This week-long course is a wonderful way to develop your drawing and creative skills, taking inspiration from our iconic Bankside location. Throughout the week, you will cover fundamental drawing techniques while exploring London through drawing. With the Tate Modern on our doorstep, you will be inspired by an iconic collection of modern portraits to create your own self-portraits in the studio.

Students will explore a range of themes, including:

  • Expressive drawing
  • Fundamentals of drawing (structure and proportion, measuring and perspective, mark making, and texture)
  • Figures in motion
  • Mixed media drawing
  • Self-portraiture inspired by a visit to Tate Modern
  • Creating a finalised piece

By the end of the course, you will have gained the confidence to work outdoors and build a portfolio of exciting works, from quick sketches to more focused drawings, both inside and outside the studio. This course is suitable for all levels, and the tutor will meet each student’s needs according to their level.

If you enjoy this course, we recommend exploring our other outdoor drawing and painting courses.

Recommend booking by: August 5, 2024

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:


Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.


Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.


Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

Students are also asked to bring:

  • A fully bound sketchbook of A3 size
  • A portable stool (available from travel shops, Cass Arts, or the London Graphic Centre)
  • A drawing board of at least A2 size (wooden ones are available from the Art Academy, or students can bring a thick foam board as a perfect lightweight alternative)
  • Pencils HB, 2B, 4B
  • Willow charcoal
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Putty rubber and eraser
  • Sketchbook
  • Fineliner pens
  • Pentel Brush Pen, and markers.

Optional: A small craft knife to sharpen pencils, blending stumps, and a sandpaper block to sharpen pencil points are very useful.

You can purchase one of our Drawing packs when booking. You can purchase this at the checkout. Once ordered, packs will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only)

The Drawing Pack contains:

  • One set of lead pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
  • One box of medium willow charcoal sticks (25 pieces)
  • One box of willow charcoal extra thick​ individual​ stick
  • One stick of chalk
  • One box of compressed charcoal sticks (12 pieces)
  • Six Derwent pastel pencils, can be used wet or dry
  • One putty rubber in a box
  • One eraser
  • One auto lock knife (pencil sharpener for Drawing in Museums)


Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.


Kinga’s subject matter ranges from crows and raw meat, to portraits of family and friends.  All of her work attempts to excavate the social, political and economic ideologies by which we are invested and shaped. Kings was recently Digital Artist in Residence at Brent Museum and Archives, part of Being Brent, a community project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Taking the museum collection as her main inspiration, and drawing upon her experience of growing up and living in the area, Kinga created an animated film using charcoal drawings.



Bankside Campus

185 Park Street,London SE1 9SH

tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

This is our new purpose built accessible campus. Find more information here

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Southwark (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough Market”.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


Drawing, Cityscape, Kinga Markus, London

Image/Kinga Markus