Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & 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.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. 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. Introduction to diamonds
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.



    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
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  3. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  6. Reflecting on practice
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    “What is your work about?” is a question many artists struggle to answer easily. The cycle of activity and reflection is a fundamental principle of creative practice, in which, as part of any attempt to address this question in any meaningful way, it is valuable to develop a paradigm for articulating one’s motivations, interests, processes and practices. Examining and analysing these points supports the creative practitioner in defining their areas of concern, and leads to deeper understanding, which is helpful in articulating a position to explain, support or contextualise one’s practice, or to define specific research questions. That said, there is perhaps something of a paradox inherent in articulating visual thoughts in words. This professional practice module is designed to support artists in identifying where and how to begin articulating concepts, defining appropriate contextual frameworks, and identifying suitable comparators. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to define your interest and identify further appropriate research into specific themes, questions and areas of interest, culture or knowledge – all in order better to understand and explain what you do, and why.



    For this workshop, please prepare to show a piece of work from your own practice that you consider to be unsuccessful, or alternatively a piece of work (in any creative medium) that you do not like, or do not understand.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Dec 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    On this fast paced 1 day printmaking workshop, you will be taught how to register and print a four-layer CMYK screen print. Screenprinting is a highly creative and interesting process, recreating photographs and other digital artwork with endless possibilities. You will learn all the basics of screenprinting alongside some basic Photoshop skills in how to prepare your artwork. All levels welcome.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  8. Introduction to gold tooling on leather
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on leather with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.



    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 £183.00 Concession £156.00
  9. Beginners painting: intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn and develop essential painting skills over consecutive days. Each session will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  10. 50 projects in graphic design
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this fast moving graphic design course will unlock your creativity through a combination of hands-on and basic computer techniques using Adobe CC.



    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  11. Beginners drawing: intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn and develop basic drawing skills over three intensive days. We will cover key aspects of drawing such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  12. The artist's statement
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Building on the ability to reflect on one’s own practice, and the identification of interests, themes and relevant contexts, this professional practice module is designed to help visual arts practitioners to develop the ability to talk or write about their own work in coherent ways, and to articulate their intention, meaning or reflection in declarative or discursive statements. All artists are required to make statements at certain times, whether for exhibition, application for funding or study. In this session, we examine and discuss approaches to constructing a statement, based on specific requirements, and how to write or speak about one's work in terms of target audience, level of knowledge, and the length and depth required to articulate what work means and how it relates to ideas, themes and contexts. Although open to anyone on a standalone basis, this workshop will be of particular value to those who have completed 'Reflecting on practice' (VPP410).



    For this workshop, please select an image that you feel illustrates your 'subject'. This needn't necessarily be heavy on content, or meaning, you should just be able to make a connection between the work, and what you intend it to communicate.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  13. Gold tooling on paper
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to develop a language with gold tooling on paper using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold



    leaf. For all levels, from beginners to those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  14. Try it out: basketry
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Make a small basket using the interesting basketry technique of Plaiting which is used throughout the world.



    Be amazed by the potential of plaited basketry which will leave you wanting to learn more.



    This course is ideal for beginners, or students wishing to refresh basic bias plaited basketry 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  15. Six-day taster course in ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery – throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.



    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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