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. Photography workshop: retouching your photographs

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a specialist course in retouching for beauty photography using Photoshop. General Photoshop skills are taught in other courses.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. Coloured resin jewellery: a masterclass with Kathie Murphy

    Coloured resin jewellery: a masterclass with Kathie Murphy

    Course Date: Thu 19 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to introduce more colour and light into your jewellery? Discover the simple but effective tricks of working in coloured resin. Whether you are an accomplished jeweller or a complete beginner, join an expert to learn how to make resin moulds and get to grips with a range of creative techniques in this beautiful medium.

    Please note: you will be required to bring along some materials, listed below in section 6.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Friday lates: female Surrealists in London

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From the occult to the abstract, explore the art London-based, female surrealists and their unique contributions to one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century.
    Full fee: £25.00
    Senior fee: £25.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Try it out: watercolour painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 20 Mar 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Graphic design workshop: a-z of typography

    Graphic design workshop: a-z of typography

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design. On this practical course you will develop an appreciation of typography and learn how to use the professional software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator to effectively create and manipulate type.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Alice Dionis

    Wedding photography course

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking about going into wedding photography? Get to grips with everything you need to know, from liaising with the bride and groom to finding the best equipment, capturing the essential shots, and skills in post-production. Learn to control situations and anticipate the right moment to take the shot, and become an expert at natural images as well as those key reportage shots and formal posed groups.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  7. Learn to use: charcoal

    Learn to use: charcoal

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities that this fragile medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Photography workshop: composition and colour

    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  9. Photography workshop: composition and theory

    Course Date: Mon 23 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The art of great photography lies in mastering the relationship between foreground and background. Learn to use the principles that Gestalt analysis affords to delve into your unconscious and create more potent images. This course will feature a mix of lectures, hands on picture taking and constructive criticism of your results.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  10. Learn to use: colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. Drawing traditional portraits: 2 day pose

    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your portrait drawing skills using traditional methods of observation. Working from a variety of portrait models you will work predominately with charcoal and pencil. This is a mixed ability course open to all levels.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Get skills in: drawing in perspective

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drawing systems such as perspective, isometric and shading models will be explored, developed and applied to imagined and observed objects and spaces. This will enable you to visualise ideas through the use of these systems and provide a reference for future use and study.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Course Date: Thu 26 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Learn to use: collage

    Learn to use: collage

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this short experimental course for beginners.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  15. Art history taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Try this taster session!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

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