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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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
    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. City Lit bookbinding
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  3. Drawing 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
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  4. Calligraphy and illumination
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi
    Learn how to write beautifully with a dip pen and design and produce a piece of work with illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf. All levels.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Collage: colour and shape
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    This short online contemporary collage course will explore the possibilities of working with collage and mixed media – from creating simple, striking forms through to more experimental pieces that combine materials and techniques. Discover how collage has inspired a number of artists and how you to make it work exciting and dynamic work for you and others.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  7. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    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.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  8. Contemporary painting studio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison, Amanda Knight, Lucinda Oestreicher
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £565.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  9. Sketching at the museum: National Maritime Museum
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The National Maritime Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  10. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  11. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. Jewellery: stone setting I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rae Duncan
    Enjoy making your own jewellery, but want to develop your mount-making and stone-setting techniques? Discover essential techniques in setting a gem stone, including round bezel and tube settings, with the guidance of an expert tutor.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Printmaking without a press: monotype
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting monoprinting techniques that you can do within the comfort of your own home and make



    exciting and beautiful hand-made prints without the use of expensive printmaking studio equipment. This short online workshop will provide you with skills and confidence in setting up a small simple print making space at home and to make prints in a creative and resourceful way.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  14. Introduction to illustration
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    If you are interested in illustration and would like to explore the subject further, this course will show you a range of new and exciting approaches. You will learn many new techniques, whether you are a complete beginner or someone who would like to refresh their approach. On this practical course you’ll learn the practicalities of what it is to be an illustrator. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  15. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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