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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. Focus on: fashion in 16th century art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you know your codpiece from your farthingale? Why did the ruff become so fashionable? How do we identify figures in narrative and religious art? This short course explores the fascinating world of costume in 16th century European painting. Explore the socio-political context behind portraiture, how fashion was employed to convey status, and the impact of developments in textiles and trade.

    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
  2. Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Immerse yourself in contemporary sewing techniques to create two attractive multi-section books using decorative paper, felt and board. These flexible books are unglued so that the pages open completely flat so as well as looking good, they are also excellent for use as sketchbooks, diaries and notebooks.

    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
  3. From inspiration to action: how to turn a creative idea into a project
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Turn that blue-sky thinking from a dream into reality. On this workshop, in a small group of other, similarly inspired individuals, we will show you how to take your moment of inspiration, however modest or grand, and make it happen. In one day, you will learn how to examine your idea to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and identify the various ways it can be expanded, attract partners, and engage with people and funding. Starting from the most basic questions (what is it, why do you want to do it, how can you communicate it easily…?), through examination of case studies, and of our own ideas, we will progress through practical, technical and budget considerations, using the framework of a simple project plan, to bring them to the point where you will be ready to plunge in!

    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
  4. Presenting and exhibiting: the exhibition website
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    While an exhibition has a finite lifespan, this is not true of accompanying publications. The exhibition tie-in website can be said to have taken the place of the exhibition catalogue (or book, in the case of major venues), and for smaller galleries or individuals/collectives an exhibition website can provide opportunities for much wider exposure, globally and without time limits. Not only that, but, as recent times have demonstrated more clearly than ever before, when galleries and museums have been forced to engage more extensively (and perhaps meaningfully) with the public via their online platform and presence, a well-conceived and delivered website can augment (or even replace) the physical show in several important ways: accessibility, interactivity, research, forums, feedback, evolution over time…



    This workshop looks at how to maximise interest in conventional exhibitions through tie-in websites and social media links, and how the website can be structured to provide continuity and afterlife, which can be particularly relevant to practitioners engaged in research or community participation. It also considers how, beyond simply documenting the exhibition, a well planned and structured website can be the locus for on-going access and legacy activities. It will consider sites of different scope and scale, from small websites for a solo show to group sites, or sites that connect to a commercial gallery or institution’s own website, and the website as a location for sales.



    Please note that while aspects such as the structure of information and the design of a site will be covered, this workshop is not intended as website design or software training. Its focus is on helping participants to understand the capabilities of the website as a tool for creative professionals engaged in public dissemination of their practice.

    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
  5. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 18 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.

    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 £10.00
  6. Art on show: five artists, five London exhibitions for 2021
    Course Date:  Fri 18 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the lives and work of five leading modern and contemporary artists whose work will feature in major solo exhibitions London in summer and autumn 2021.

    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
  7. Focus on: iconography
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 20 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings in medieval and Renaissance art.

    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. Final Cut Pro X: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Already have some editing experience but want to up your game? Take things to a more professional standard by mastering some of the more advanced features of the industry software Final Cut Pro X. Get to grips with screen-direction, advanced trimming techniques, effects, and basic colour correction, as well as working on your narrative skills, to create impressive portfolio pieces.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  9. Explore your creativity
    Course Date:  Tue 4 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    This course will be delivered online.

    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
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  10. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  11. An introduction to Homer in art
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Stories from Homer have inspired many works of art from the renaissance to the present day. Focussing on European paintings we explore how and why these works reflect the preoccupations of their time.

    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 £15.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Creative photography: extended projects
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Boost your creativity and photographic practice in an encouraging group environment. Continue developing your own visual style in photography by responding to creative briefs, sharing your images in weekly group critiques and taking part in regular discussion.

    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
  13. Public arts: participatory projects and commissions
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Participatory creative practice and events play an important role in contemporary arts, in terms of addressing and/or defining social, cultural or political contexts, in raising issues of importance from the global to the local, in widening participation and promoting awareness, access and engagement in the arts, and in the democratisation of culture. In this one-day workshop we explore what participatory creative practice can do, and consider various types of socially engaged practice, community arts and commissions. We will consider the value of understanding the motivations, aims and requirements of participatory practice for funding applications to awarding bodies or institutions, such as, for example, Arts Council England. The session is run by the Leader of City Lit’s highly popular advanced figure and portrait course, and will consider as case studies a number of artist projects that she has designed and facilitated, as well as the experience of participants, and, potentially, some hypothetical scenarios. Through this workshop, you will gain insight into working on commissioned public arts projects involving public participation, as well as reflecting on different scenarios and formats, including: mass participation or focused small group; adult or child group participation; one day events versus longer term participatory projects.

    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
  14. Typography workshop: designing and working with type
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design and can be used in a wide range of approaches to influence your artwork and design intentions. Designing and working with type will offer a practical opportunity to develop an in-depth appreciation of typography, learning its history, how type has been used in industry and in referecne to many world infleuntial deisgners. Learn how to effectively create, manipulate type, layout and embed type within your design work using the professional industry software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  15. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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