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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Introduction to the Wallace Collection
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of the Wallace Collection looking at its fine and decorative art objects, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and even arms and armour.



    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 £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.



    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 £110.00
  4. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this sketchbook course, museum drawing will be recreated at home, with personal possessions and found items forming the collection of drawn items. A variety of drawing media and techniques will be explored.



    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 £134.00
  5. How to paint: methods and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to mix green like Turner, make objects come to life like O’Keefe, experiment with bringing thoughts alive like Eileen Agar, understand space like Frankenthaler. This course will introduce the work of abstract artists over six sessions. You will work on a series of paintings inspired by a range of artists, using your choice of oil, acrylic, or watercolour paints.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.



    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 £100.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to sue a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  8. Panel Discussion: “Keep Up Art” - creativity and mental health in a pandemic
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Artist and former resident at Bethlem's Anxiety Disorder Residential Unit, Keith Clapson joins artist Karen McBride and colleagues from the Bethlem Gallery and City Lit to discuss the role art-making can have in maintaining our mental health during challenging times. Keith will also talk about his personal experience of living through these extraordinary times, and the ways in which art has helped him. This is an online event, and will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams webinar - links will be sent a week before the event.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. Experimental self portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This energising new course includes practical experimental approaches to drawing portraits alongside an introduction to how artists have historically used the self-portrait and the contextual influences behind works by contemporary artists.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Creative photography
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. The design brief
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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
  13. Designing textiles using Illustrator: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intermediate online course will improve on your Adobe Illustrator drawing skills while learning new tile and pattern structures using vectors. We will build on improving on repeat pattern techniques creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need access to the Adobe Creative suite on your mac or PC before class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  14. In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the sources of early Christian images in depth. We'll consider the main developments, and the motivations behind their origins.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Women in art 1400-1800
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100

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