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. Try it out: Drawing at the V&A museum

    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn how to draw with expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Friday lates: Titian and the business of art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Titian dominated the art of Venice for a large part of the 16th century, but how did he did he also become one of the most successful artists across Europe, selling originals and studio copies to kings and princes across the continent?
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. Crochet for improvers

    Crochet for improvers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you know how to crochet but want to progress from the basic stitches. Learn advanced techniques such as shaping, working in the round, cluster stitches and reading patterns.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Life and portrait

    Life and portrait

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try your hand at drawing from the live model and explore the fascinating world of depicting the human form, both face and body.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Photography workshop: Image copyright

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Ever been questioned when photographing out and about? This course is devoted to your rights as a photographer or film-maker, including your freedom to shoot in public places and how to protect the copyright of your images: essential knowledge for amateurs through to professionals.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  7. Paint a portrait in oils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  8. Abstract drawing

    Abstract drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  9. Focus on: Velazquez

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Start carving

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever tried carving in wood? Be guided by an expert tutor to learn basic techniques materials and processes of carving and carve a small piece of sculpture using hand carving tools. For complete beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  11. Food and drink photography course

    Food and drink photography course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Food blogs are the most popular form of online publishing. Learn how to take professional looking mouth watering photographs to attract even greater audiences to your blog, Learn the essential techniques of food photography from equipment to composition, exposure, lighting and successful propping.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  12. Random weave basketry: explore line, form and space

    Random weave basketry: explore line, form and space

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Introduction to a simple interwoven technique for making unique and unusual baskets and containers. Vary materials and scale to make fine work which could become jewellery, or larger scale work to produce sculptural forms. For beginners and students with some experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  13. Design your own garden

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Design your own garden and turn your valuable outside space into an private sanctuary. Discover how to create a secluded garden using considered layout, landscaping and planting to create an extension of your home.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction

    Course Date: Mon 9 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  15. DSLR for video: shoot and edit

    DSLR for video: shoot and edit

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 10 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

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