Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Are you a past City Lit Photography student and would like to see your work feature in a central London photography show? This March the 'I used to be a photography student' exhibition will feature the work of past City Lit students who have completed one of our photography courses in the last 5 years. Submit up to 5 photographs by Thursday 27 February 2020 to be considered for the exhibition.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. Focus on: the art of Siena

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Screenprinting workshop: the basics

    Screenprinting workshop: the basics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You don’t have to be a graphic designer to learn how to screen print and use this to produce your own project such as a zine, book, stickers or an edition of prints etc. For all levels.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  3. Start 2D animation in Photoshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fascinated by animation? Why not learn to use Adobe Photoshop to create your own hand-drawn 2D animations - try out techniques using lesser-known Photoshop tools including advanced brushes and image editing capabilities, to create work with a traditional 'non-digital' look.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  4. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Contemporary approaches to drawing and painting the figure

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course we will push the boundaries of current life drawing practice in exciting and experimental ways. Working from the live model, we will work through a series of exercises exploring unusual drawing approaches with reference to both contemporary and historic artists.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Photography discussion with Shirley Read

    Course Date: Mon 2 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This will be a presentation of images and ideas followed by an open discussion. The overall theme for discussion will be what we think makes for a 'good' photograph. Students will be encouraged to bring images for discussion and to create their own choice of 'Desert Island Photographs' for the final session.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee: £579.00
    Senior fee: £579.00
    Concession: £579.00

  8. Photography workshop: Introduction to studio lighting

    Photography workshop: Introduction to studio lighting

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Artistic Synergies between Europe and the East from the Renaissance to the 19th Century

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exploration of five centuries of trade and cultural exchange between the Islamic East and Europe, looking at their impacts on the arts, sciences, scholarship, taste and technology.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Adobe Premiere Pro video editing: stage 2

    Course Date: Wed 4 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this continuation of editing with Premiere we look at more advanced editing tools like trimming and motion properties, and turn our attention to some of the core principles that govern narrative structure.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Drawing 2

    Drawing 2

    Course Date: Thu 5 Mar 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Alice Danger

    Photography for beginners: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 8 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Learn to use: ink and wash

    Learn to use: ink and wash

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Oil painting projects

    Oil painting projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn cover various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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