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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. Introduction to critical and analytic theories for photography
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  2. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  3. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  4. Garden design: container gardening
    Course Date:  Fri 14 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Planting in containers is a valuable addition to any outside space, no matter how large or small. Discover how to enhance your garden and experiment with design and planting for successful containers.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  5. Setting up a simple home photography studio
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ever wondered how to set up a simple home photography studio? On this short course you will learn key tips and what you will need to buy, so you can take better photographs on your camera or smart phone of items such as jewellery or small products, for Instagram or your website. This is a live online course. You will need:



    - A stable internet connection. The classes work best with the Chrome web browser.



    - A computer with a speaker (or headphones) microphone and camera (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet.



    We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

    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
  6. Drawing and mindfulness: one day workshop
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Each one-day workshop will take a mindfulness theme which we will explore through a range of guided drawing approaches to stimulate new directions and help you to integrate mindfulness into drawing. Suitable for beginners to mindfulness as well as those with some experience who wish to explore the two disciplines or integrate mindfulness into drawing. Some drawing experience is helpful.

    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
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  7. Focus on: art and medicine
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From the Classical World to the Contemporary, what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  8. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. Looking at artists: focus on relief printmaking
    Course Date:  Mon 17 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this short course you will look at how and why artists make use of the technique of relief printmaking. The tutor will guide you through what woodcut, linocut and related relief printing techniques are, how they developed historically, looking at artists such as Durer, Hiroshige, Picasso and Bawden, and how they are still relevant for contemporary artists such as Anne Desmet and Bill Fick. There is no practical element to this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  10. Creative photography: introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  11. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.

    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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  12. Introduction to painting skin tones in 3 colours
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mixing skin tones can be an incredibly difficult challenge and for many it can present a range of technical issues and problem dolving. This short online course will introduce you to approaches in building and developing life like skins tones using a limited paint palette. Guided by live artist demonstrations, you will simplify the problem and so develop an easy and logical approach to painting skin tones.

    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 £60.00
  13. Painting workshop: skin tone colour mixing
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.

    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 £75.00
  14. Life drawing online: exploring the figure
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the great potential of drawing the life model via Zoom. Working from a variety of interesting models and dynamic poses, the course will explore the placement of a figure in space using line, tone and composition including foreshortening. Poses will range in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours to enable a wide range of drawing. Perfect for beginners or anyone wishing to try the new experience of drawing online.

    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 £80.00
  15. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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