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!

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

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

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Focus on: Leonardo da Vinci

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Artist, scientist, and ‘Renaissance Man’ Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds in history. We look at his inspirations, his theories and some of his major works.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Designing for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign experience.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £249.00

  4. 50 drawings in a day

    50 drawings in a day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  5. Start sculpture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course is a hands-on introduction to the basic principles and techniques of sculpture. You will make small-scale, experimental pieces using materials such as clay, plaster and mixed media. You will gain practical experience of using some basic sculpture tools and equipment. Ideal for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  6. City Lit Pro: commercial photography

    City Lit Pro: commercial photography

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. Looking to work professionally as a photographer's assistant? Pick up key skills you will need on this practical course from camera systems, lighting solutions and paperwork to software workflow using Capture One Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £309.00

  7. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of materials and approaches to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Start painting

    Start painting

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  9. Gods and heroes in classical art

    Gods and heroes from Classical to Renaissance art

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the fascinating gods and heroes of classical and post-classical art through relevant works in the British Museum and National Gallery. How popular were they in classical society? What roles did they play? This course is gallery based.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed. Image: Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time by Bronzino

    Iconography and iconology: secrets of the old masters revealed

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings, in paintings from medieval to Baroque and beyond.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Drawing 3: developing skills and ideas

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of materials and approaches to develop your accuracy and creative potential in observational drawing. Building on your previous experience, learn to manipulate composition, surface and mark to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  12. Styles in art

    Styles in art

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A survey of Western art from the Gothic to the Victorian age, discussing Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism, and the ideas shaping each period.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Japanese woodcut

    Japanese woodcut

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over six weeks. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  14. Print studio workshop

    Print studio workshop

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £335.00

  15. Vectorworks for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to draw 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modeling and landscaping.
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £176.00

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