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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  1. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  2. Developing watercolour

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the principles of the versatile medium of watercolour, including transparent colour mixing, mark-making and layering of textures and lines. Learn how to use watercolour mediums and experiment with personal expression as you complete a number of paintings.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Drawing: focus on light and shade

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no experience.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Bookbinding: box making

    Bookbinding: box making

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make slipcases, clamshell and Japanese boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete beautiful containers to house your precious books and objects.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Jewellery: electroforming workshop

    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax, Polymorph and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Bring a selection of materials/small objects that you may want to electroform and learn how to prepare them, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals, and integrate attachments, to create lightweight and hollow pieces.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00

  6. Drawing for sculpture and ceramics

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a variety of specialised drawing techniques to develop your ideas for three dimensional artwork in Sculpture and Ceramics. Study the drawing of sculptors and discover their processes of creative development. In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Architecture photography course

    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn to beautifully capture the stunning architecture around us in London's cityscape. Get out and about on location, discovering different architectural styles and how best to photograph them, considering everything from time of day and angle of view, to how to deal with security guards when photographing in public, and how to effectively edit and process your shots.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Night photography course: the West End

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Discover how to capture the bright lights of London’s West End after dark. This two-week course will lead you through Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye and Waterloo Bridge and provide feedback on your images in the classroom.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Jewellery: soldering workshop

    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Does your soldering let your jewellery work down? If you would like to practise without worrying about the outcome, get expert help and improve your understanding and technique, then come and join this practical course. Soon you will be soldering with confidence.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Watercolour sketchbook: developing personal work

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ideal course for those with some watercolour skills and techniques who'd like to explore their own ideas within a sketchbook - a great place to experiment and develop theme and narrative.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive stage 2

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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.

    In this carefully prepared 3 days Photoshop course, you will take your Photoshop skills to the next level.

    You will explore additional ways to perfect your techniques to create, manipulate or enhance images and photographs for use in print and web.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £399.00

  12. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 15 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  13. Illustrator for textile design I

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise the basic drawing tools you need to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using Adobe Illustrator software developing ideas. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Textiles: stitch and applique

    Textiles: stitch and applique

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment and refine creative applique and stitch techniques in this intermediate surface course. Increase knowledge and skills extending ideas with layering techniques for fashion art or interior applications. Work to a brief or explore personal themes and concepts to develop your creative practice or project.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  15. Illustration workshop: creating risograph prints

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make risograph prints of your work and learn why it’s so popular with contemporary illustrators and designers. Great for own projects and for creating editions of prints for portfolio, self-promotion or gifts. Suitable for all levels. The course will cover the cost of one professionally printed Riso print per person.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

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