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. Learn Rhino
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Learn the basic steps to 3D model on Rhino software. Send your file to be 3D printed and leave with a 3D print of your own design. All materials included.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Looking at artists: the artists palette
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will focus on the Artist's palette in reference to the slow drying nature of oil paint that allows for strategic arrangement, harmonious mixtures and a unity of colour on the canvas. We will look at examples of artists who make successful use of such strategies in their paintings such as Whistler, William Nicholson and the Canadian Group of Seven.



    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
  5. How to draw: step by step drawing portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.



    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
  6. Watercolour painting: artists and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online course will investigate different approaches to working with watercolour, exploring a variety of styles and techniques, informed by the work of particular artists, enabling you to develop a range of painting applications.



    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
  7. Artist's book club
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  8. Looking at artists: landscapes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  9. Painting: layers and application
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Find out new and exciting ways to apply and handle acrylic paint in this short online module in painting. You will be introduced to essential elements associated with paint handling and learn layering techniques that will really take your painting skills to the next level. You will be introduced to and work on colour relationships and expand your knowledge and understanding of technical terms used in painting to help support your practice.



    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
  10. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  11. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    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 portfolio and get 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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  12. Looking at photography: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results.



    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

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