Art & design - Keeley Street

City Lit Art School — Art Classes 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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £159.00
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  2. Wax carving for the foundry: cast your sculpture in bronze
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Valerie Merlo
    Carve, melt and form wax to create a small figurative or abstract bronze sculpture. The wax will be cast in bronze at the Castle Arts Foundry and returned finished.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Props till you drop I
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Wendy Chandler
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in window display and the events industry? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using a variety of paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and experience working to tight deadlines.
    Full fee £699.00 Senior fee £559.00 Concession £454.00
  4. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would you like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  5. Japanese woodcut printmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Oct 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  7. Introduction to painting portraits
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the life model focusing on portraiture. Basic observational skills will be explored as well as advice on how we can convey mood, character and tell a story through a portrait, inspired examples of artists portrait drawings and paintings.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  8. Introduction to beaded jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Fancy trying your hand at beaded jewellery making? Learn how to work with beads, wire, thread and findings to create beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and tiara designs. Join our introductory course for all levels to discover where to find the best beads, how to knot with thread, manipulate and twist wire and learn how to finish your work using clasps.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  9. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Hanson
    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All abilities welcome.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  10. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  11. Try it out: mosaics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    An introduction to this specialised craft where you will be taken through the process to make a small mosaic piece.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
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