Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Are you a past City Lit Photography student and would like to see your work feature in a central London photography show? This March the 'I used to be a photography student' exhibition will feature the work of past City Lit students who have completed one of our photography courses in the last 5 years. Submit up to 5 photographs by Thursday 27 February 2020 to be considered for the exhibition.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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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. Modern calligraphy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write elegant, stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  3. Complete painting course: next steps

    Complete painting course: next steps

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Part two of the complete painting course is the second stage of our Saturday Painting School, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will build on the skills learned in Complete Painting 1 (or similar courses) and develop your proficiency in the use of oil or acrylic paint.

    Please be aware that there will be an offsite visit on week 9: 16th March 2019.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Ceramics: surface printing on clay

    Ceramics: surface printing on clay

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with silkscreen, paper stencil, block and potato printing on unfired clay, biscuits and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and narrative images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze on simple mould forms and tiles.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups

    Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  6. Margaret

    Pinhole photography course

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Experimental watercolour techniques and materials

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Study trip: Naples and Caravaggio

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Join us to explore Naples, Italy’s most vibrant city. This three-day tour with an expert art historian will reveal another dimension to Caravaggio’s practice, showing you some stunning baroque artworks and architecture. Maximum 12 places. Please note: This course is now confirmed and is excluded from our normal refund and transfer policy.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £449.00
    Concession: £449.00

  10. Learn to use: soft pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to achieve wonderfully luscious, velvety textured pastel paintings by experimenting with techniques such as blending and overlaying and through practical exercises, gain insight into suitable supports and subject matter.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create motifs and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design. Please note: This course runs 26/02/20 – 08/04/20, and then 22/04/20 -03/06/20 (there is 1 break week over Easter).
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £649.00
    Concession: £396.00

  13. Introduction to Tate Modern

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern to contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations. This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Contemporary drawing sketchbook

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Art in theory: What is visual language?

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This critical studies course for artists and makers explores theories and methods of analysing and interpreting works of art and visual culture, and provides you with useful critical tools to help you think about your own visual language and creative communication.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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