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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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Developing exhibition and event proposals
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This professional practice module, delivered by the former Head of City Lit's longstanding and prestigious Fine Art course, takes you through the steps of working with a gallery to put on an exhibition, from first proposals through to installation and opening. While questions of curatorial perspectives and agendas are important, and will be considered, alongside the 'fit' of your work and your exhibition proposal to the venue and their audience, the main focus of the workshop is the practical and pragmatic aspects of working with galleries to organise and present exhibitions of your own work, or that of your group. Within the broad framework of the ‘conventional’ gallery system, discussion will cover developing your proposal, or identifying opportunities for exhibition, negotiating with galleries, building support, programming activities, generating interest and promotion. Although not the major focus of this workshop, the tie-in exhibition website and afterlife online will also be considered.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. The artist's statement
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Building on the ability to reflect on one’s own practice, and the identification of interests, themes and relevant contexts, this professional practice module is designed to help visual arts practitioners to develop the ability to talk or write about their own work in coherent ways, and to articulate their intention, meaning or reflection in declarative or discursive statements. All artists are required to make statements at certain times, whether for exhibition, application for funding or study. In this session, we examine and discuss approaches to constructing a statement, based on specific requirements, and how to write or speak about one's work in terms of target audience, level of knowledge, and the length and depth required to articulate what work means and how it relates to ideas, themes and contexts. Although open to anyone on a standalone basis, this workshop will be of particular value to those who have completed 'Reflecting on practice' (VPP4100).



    For this workshop, please select an image that you feel illustrates your 'subject'. This needn't necessarily be heavy on content, or meaning, you should just be able to make a connection between the work, and what you intend it to communicate.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. The archive: resource and practice
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    The archive is an invaluable resource for artists and designers, without some version of which it is virtually impossible to engage in practice in any systematic way. Whether it takes the form of sketchbooks, photographs, found items and clippings, internet bookmarks, or any combination of these and other items, the archive is a tool for organising, examining and reflecting. In this professional practice module, we will look at how to create and access physical and online archives, and how to use them in both research and practice, creating and organising personal archives. Many artists use the archive as a form of art practice: we will examine this, and how it differs from other forms of archiving. We will look at multiple approaches to storing information, organising it for accessibility, and working with the tools and perspectives of the archivist or curator, as appropriate to one’s individual practice.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  4. Design thinking: creative problem solving
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    The term ‘design thinking’ describes an adaptive and reflective approach to problem-solving that is, in many ways, congruent with the kinds of processes that underpin creative practice generally, and is fundamental to the development of many of the systems on which the world’s current production, logistics, communications and supply depend. Although generally considered largely in relation to system design, information and interaction design, and product design, it is a way of thinking through and deconstructing creative and/or technical challenges that is equally valuable as a lens through which to examine creative processes and problems in any discipline. In this professional practice workshop, we examine the 5 classic stages of Design Thinking, and look at how we can use them to refine our thinking processes, apply our insight and focus our imagination, to solve both creative and practical problems.



    For this workshop, you will need a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Exhibiting creativity: alternatives to the white cube
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Who decides which artists get to present their work to the public, in what spaces, and according to what criteria? What role does the curator play in the decision-making process and how much influence do they exert over artists and institutions, in making these decisions? How do artists whose work is not ‘current’ (or which perhaps deals with unorthodox or potentially difficult topics) get to show their work? This professional practice workshop is a provocative enquiry and discussion of the role of the gallery in enabling creative expression, and the influence that decisions have on representation, or the imposition of an orthodoxy. How are artists responding to the limitations and impositions of the traditional gallery space–and the authority of the curator or agent–and finding opportunities in public or private spaces, and through technology? How are traditional galleries responding? We examine the ways artists and designers are making their own opportunities, and taking back control, finding innovative and creative ways to put their work before the public on their own terms.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  6. What did narrative ever do for you?
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn about the structure and function of narrative, and find out how it relates to your creative practice. In this workshop we will consider film, animation, moving image or other time-based practices, primarily, in which there is a clear and accessible connection to the unfolding of meaning over a linear (or non-linear) sequence, but we may also discuss examples across potentially any creative discipline, and other forms of expression. We will look at principles of narrative and narrative structures in film, the ‘conventions’ of storytelling across a range of examples, and how these have been used or subverted within the form. Storytelling is fundamental to human civilisation: across all cultures, narrative plays a central role in our understanding of our place in the world, and addressing profound questions about our existence. Children learn through stories; cultures cohere through shared narratives. We will consider the role of narrative as a fundamentally important pillar in underpinning societies, belief systems, and values, and why an awareness of these relationships is increasingly important in these ‘unprecedented’ times.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  7. The design brief
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  9. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  10. Compression techniques for filmmaking
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Understanding compression is crucial for all film makers, whether you’re posting work online, sending films to festivals or preparing clips for editing. All video uses compression, starting with the camera and ending when sent out into the world. This course gives you an essential understanding of how to compress your material, and find the best solution for your needs.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Explore illustration
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Love drawing? Eager to reawaken your inner artist? Join us for an exploration of illustration in this taster workshop where you can enjoy the process of image-making. Explore illustration invites you to experiment with a number of drawing techniques and processes to produce a lively and often surprising series of images.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  12. Try it out: animation
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Litza Jansz
    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking drawn animated sequences using the professional software application Animate CC.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  13. Screenprinting in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  14. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence 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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  15. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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