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!

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  1. Learn to use: oil painting mediums

    Course Date: Sat 15 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when oil painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of oil painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of oil painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  2. City Lit Film forum

    Course Date: Sat 15 Dec 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting, new, supportive and productive workshop environment where students can share work and get individual tutorial help, have peer support and engage in guided group discussions related to movie-making.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. The essence of movement: finding sculptural expression through dance with the English National Ballet

    The essence of movement: finding sculptural expression through dance with the English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us in a rare opportunity to observe and sketch the dancers from the English National Ballet during their private warm-up classes. Be inspired by the figure in motion, learn to capture dynamic movement on paper, then translate your drawings into experimental sculpture maquettes in wire and soft modelling materials.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £299.00

  4. Essence of movement: the dynamic figure in dance drawing studio with English National Ballet

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A unique opportunity to draw the dancers of English National Ballet in warm-up on-stage at The Coliseum and to develop large scale drawings in the studio.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  5. Start oil painting

    Start oil painting

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to oil painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to oil painting, from priming surfaces through to colour mixing, glazing and the function of painting mediums.

    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Appraising jewellery and gemstones

    Course Date: Sun 13 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  7. Drawing traditional portraits intensive

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the skills of portrait drawing, using traditional methods mostly working from a variety of professional portrait models, working predominately with charcoal and pencil.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Ceramics: surface decoration on clay

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with paper stencil, block printing on unfired clay, biscuit and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze enamels on simple mould forms and tiles.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Fashion: intermediate sewing skills

    Fashion: intermediate sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric and sew a comfortable and wearable top from a pattern which can be adapted into a dress. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  10. Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Calligraphy: modern copperplate

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is suitable for all who would like to learn new skill of beautiful writing or to improve their calligraphy. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects. The course is for both beginners and advanced students. Suitable for left and right-handers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Interior design for beginners

    Interior design for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £379.00

  12. Children's book illustration taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our 30 week City Lit children’s illustration coursebut need further guidance before you begin.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Beauty photography

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Specialised beauty photography is a growing market. Gain an introduction to the pre-production planning, lighting, composition and posing of models. Some basic photographic knowledge required.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Book arts: experimental structures

    Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

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