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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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- City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect giftLooking 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
- Fine binding masterclass I: end papersCourse start date: Fri 1 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kathy AbbottThis masterclass is aimed at intermediate and higher level learners and is designed to develop your skills in making endpapers for fine bindings. You will be taught how to make three different types of endpapers, all with their own suitability for bindings. A chance to improve your skills, accuracy and cleanliness when laminating endpapers. Not suitable for beginners.Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £249.00
- Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniquesCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rosey PrinceThe monoprint describes a ‘one off’ print, rather than a multiple, similar to a painting however the marks, and
textures achieved from printing layers of ink can produce rich visual effects as they layer and blend. Starting off with the basic monoprinting techniques you will develop these to produce an exciting series of prints to take home.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Flash photography with speedlightCourse start date: Thu 7 Dec 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Kean Street Photography StudioTutors: Matthew WardLighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
- Portrait painting: two session poseCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amanda BrackenDevelop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
- Repair your jewelleryCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Emilia NettoGot a favourite silver necklace that needs repairing, or a precious ring with loose stones? Why not learn to repair them yourself rather than handing them over to someone else? Pick up some of the skills needed for jewellery repair and maintenance on this popular course, mending damaged items and learning how to best clean and store jewellery to extend the life of your favourite pieces.
Please note that this course does not cover re-stringing/beading as this course is aimed at repairing jewellery made of base and precious metals.
- Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercuttingCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lara MantellLearn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
- Try it out: jewellery makingCourse start date: Wed 13 Dec 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Elizabeth BoneIdeal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
- Screenprinting in a dayCourse start date: Fri 15 Dec 2023 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rolina Elsje BlokIn this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.Full fee £99.00
- Six day taster course in ceramicsCourse start date: Sun 7 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Alex SimpsonIdeal 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.
- Clay sculpture: life and portraitCourse start date: Mon 8 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Valerie MerloFollow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
- Ceramics: surface decoration on clay
- Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditationCourse start date: Mon 8 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Helen BurgessJoin us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Life painting for beginnersCourse start date: Mon 8 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tony HullThis short course is a great introduction to painting directly from the nude model. Using simple projects, you will
explore different ways to represent the human form in paint, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
- Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on courage to playCourse start date: Mon 8 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Thomas GosebruchExplore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.Full fee £799.00
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