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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Watercolour at home: layers and brush marks
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches to mixing and working with your palette of watercolours. You will also explore textural mark making and how to use colour in your work to showcase details. Build confidence in mixing colours, understanding how to work with a lmited palette and create 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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  2. Calligraphy: brush lettering
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to create calligraphic lettering with a pointed brush to liven up your greetings cards, make posters and more. This introduction to writing with a brush is an ideal entry into the world of calligraphy and creative handwriting.



    This course is perfect for all abilities and left and right-handers who have never used a brush pen or calligraphy pen, or those who have just started to dabble in lettering. We’ll begin by laying down a foundation of strokes and develop a strategy for practising time-effectively and mindfully with intention.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  3. Artists eye: painting portraits
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of portraits inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in portraiture.



    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
  4. Textiles: Japanese Boro and Sashiko stitch
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lara Hailey
    On this online course, you will be introduced to the traditional Japanese mending methods of Sashiko and Boro to create samples that can be developed into further projects.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how this can support new ways of seeing to stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    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. Looking at artists: landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  7. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The Art of Creative Thinking’ and ‘Ideas Are Your Only Currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    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
  8. Try it out: garden design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. You will complete a short exercise and experience our design studio. This course links directs to ‘Roof terrace and balcony design and planting’, code VF345.



    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
  9. Artist's book club
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    On this intermediate course, you will explore the world of Artists’ books and develop your skills and creative ideas in creating books as art. If you are interested in working on tutor-supported, independent projects and you welcome the opportunity to share your work and your ideas with other makers, this course will support your progress and help you to develop your concepts through the structure of the book. Not suitable for beginners.



    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
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  10. Animation in Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Animated GIFS are the most popular form on social media. On this fast paced online practical course learn how to turn your images and illustrations into exciting animations in After Effects and give your posts the best chance of going viral.



    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
  11. Garden design: tips for a Mediterranean style garden
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Inspired by the informal gardens of the Mediterranean, this style of planting is low maintenance and drought tolerant. Discover how to achieve this relaxed look for your garden on this short, informed course.



    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
  12. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing: stage 2
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Improve and speed up your editing, learn to use all trimming and motion tools properly. Explore building a better narrative structure and find out about essentials like screen-directionality and POV constructions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00
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  13. 3D animation with Blender
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you are new to 3d animation, you’ve had a go at teaching yourself but are not making progress, or perhaps you are transferring to Blender from a different 3D program, this course is for you.



    It will take you through a professional approach to creating characters and environments in 3D from scratch, as well as introducing workflows and techniques to help produce polished 3D animations of your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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  14. Printmaking at home: printing without a press
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
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