Art & design - Online

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. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Collage: colour and shape
    Last Few Places, Evening, 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Calligraphy: start lettering
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Personalised hand lettered designs can be used on greetings cards or just as a way to relax. In this beginners course you will learn the basic lettering strokes and then progress to creating styles of your own. You don’t have to worry about purchasing fancy expensive tools; all you will need are regular pens and paper that you probably have at home.



    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
  7. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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  8. Digital skills for artists and designers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    The course shows how key digital software can be used for creating self-promotional images and communications, as a personal representation of your work, either as an artist or as a designer. The skills learnt will enable you to build a digital platform for your work and assist your self-confidence in creating digital adverts and communications about yourself.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Developing illustration techniques
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Developing illustration techniques builds on from the introduction to illustration course and enables you to expand your illustration skills. You will experiment with a variety of different projects and work towards finding your own unique voice and style within illustration. There will be an exploration into a wide range of different media, materials, processes and techniques.



    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
  10. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £449.00
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  11. Writing and photography: text and image workshop
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill, Shirley Read
    Whether you are a photographer or a writer this short course will give you ideas for combining words and images to discover new approaches and create new work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  12. Watercolour: washes and brush techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches in working with watercolour, as you explore a variety of applications and techniques that are essential when working with and manipulating this medium. Discover the various marks that can be made with techniques in brush handling as well as a guide to washes building your first steps in producing beautiful watercolour work.



    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
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  13. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  14. Embroidery as meditation
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    In this workshop, we will freehand embroidery together and use this practice as a way of grounding,connecting with each other and slowing down while learning some basic embroidery stitches and gathering in conversation. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  15. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

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