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. Try it out: garden design
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    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. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence, lightness and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    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
  3. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  4. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  5. Beginners photography
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography and some essential beginners techniques in this new online course that is guranteed to help you improve your photographs skills and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition and light that will take your photographs to a new level. Find out key information about taking pictures in different environments and what is really takes to become a photographer. This course is perfect for complete beginners looking to learn new skills.



    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
  6. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Burgess
    Join 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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  7. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    In this fun filled sketchbook based course, you will recreate the experience of museum drawing within your own home. Create your own museum archive with personal possessions and found items forming the collection. You will be introduced to and explore variety of drawing media and techniques as you document your home musuem.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  8. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how each discipline supports the other, leading to new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. Through a range of traditional, experimental, and playful approaches to drawing, explore a range of ways to connect and be inspired by drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    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
  9. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.



    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
  10. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!



    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 £95.00 Concession £73.00
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy 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 £549.00 Senior fee £549.00 Concession £275.00
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  12. Watercolour painting: practice and culture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This ONLINE course presents fresh perspectives on the characteristics of watercolour; its qualities of intimacy, transience and portability are explored through stimulating practical projects and inspiring artist talks.



    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
  13. Animation with Adobe Animate CC
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    Learn how to use Adobe Animate CC to create exciting drawn and cut out animations on this practical introductory course and find out why it’s still the application of choice for professional drawn animation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  14. Artist's book club
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  15. Vectorworks: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Revise and develop your Vectorworks skills further and explore more advanced processes to create professional presentations of your 3D designs and plans. Suitable for those who have completed the Vectorworks for Beginners course or who have a good grounding in the basics of this professional application.



    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 £229.00 Concession £140.00

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