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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. Digital fundamentals: imaging for print and 2D
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    As artists and designers, we generally tend to observe a number of fundamental 'rules' when working with digital media for print-based or other forms of 2D output. These relate to processes or settings such as scanning, saving, resolution, image or data format, colour modes, compression... To a certain extent, much of this is received knowledge, and we don't necessarily know why we follow these rules. Knowing what they are based on, and why, is, however, fundamental to sound technical proficiency, and expertise, and knowing what these principles are based on allows us not only to produce work to professional standard, but also to exploit them to their full creative potential. This workshop will be of value to any visual artist who uses digital technology in their creative practice, from painters and printmakers to photographers and graphic designers. Coverage includes: principles and concepts underpinning digital imaging for print/static delivery: pixel/vector; resolution, scalability, application; acquisition, modes, formats and real-world constraints: file sizes/compression/data integrity; relation to physical output (size, resolution, process).

    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
  2. Friday lates: The painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In time for the V&A Exhibition “Epic Iran” opening in October 2020, this session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  3. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  4. Watercolour: washes and brush techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  5. Writing and photography: online workshop
    Course Date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether you are a photographer or a writer this short course will give you ideas for combining words and images and offer an opportunity to share insights, 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  6. Introduction to art history
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you always been interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made, read and exhibited.



    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 £249.00 Concession £152.00
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  7. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your creativity and a body of contemporary art work at an advanced level through the experimental exploration of a personal project. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and one-to-one tutorials.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
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  8. Museum drawing at home
    Course 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
  9. Looking at paintings
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.

    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
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  10. How to paint: methods and techniques
    Course 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
  11. The history of Western art in 100 paintings
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught by looking at artworks in London’s galleries, and related materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £559.00 Senior fee £447.00 Concession £341.00
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  12. In depth: early Renaissance
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the incredible progress of early Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting and decorative arts and the background to the Renaissance.



    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
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  13. Create a short film in 5 evenings
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you always wanted to make a film but didn’t know where to start? This course will guide you through

    all the film making processes including scripting, filming, recording sound, editing and exporting your own

    short film.

    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 £121.00
  14. Looking at artists: focus on landscapes
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  15. Drawing and mindfulness
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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