Art & Design Courses in London

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Carving in stone

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get inspired by the age-old craft of stone, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and try more experimental techniques.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  3. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Calligraphy for beginners

    Calligraphy for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write formal calligraphy scripts using a broad-edge pen and ink.

    Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left and right-handers.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Sketchbook: creating visual journeys

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic drawing experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  6. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practise machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Try it out: drawing

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Ways into Islamic art

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An introductory course providing an overview of the development of the visual language of Islamic cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Image - Alistair Banton

    Looking at photography: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results. Image - Alistair Banton.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you a strong basis for creative problem solving, developing creative responses and being able to acknowledge how good graphic design is used within the world we engage with on a daily basis. Working on a series of short engaging tasks supported by contextual references and 1:1 support, you will build both subject confidence and the ability to produce creative solutions and responses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Art history taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. City Lit textiles: mixed media

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  13. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  14. Image - Chris Elgin

    Portraits and people photography

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio


    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio. Image - Chris Elgin.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  15. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper in flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

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