Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Graphic design: cut n paste collage techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Work with a range of collage techniques, to produce quick cut n paste visuals, generating exploratory, experimental and unexpected outcomes. This short course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on collage methods relevant today in contemporary design. Discover your own unique style and take creative control exploring principles used in graphic design; contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  3. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  5. Etching for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    An exciting introduction to the basic processes and principles of etching. Using zinc plate, create beau-tiful images with line, texture and tone, and experiment with printing your image in both mono-chrome and colour.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  6. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  7. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  9. Ways into abstract painting
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  10. Painting: acrylic techniques and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  12. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    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. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  14. Learn Rhino
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This online course is designed to introduce Rhino software as a tool for designing for 3D Printing, taking you through the basic commands, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate 3D prints.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  15. Collage: colour and shape
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    This short online contemporary collage course will explore the possibilities of working with collage and mixed media – from creating simple, striking forms through to more experimental pieces that combine materials and techniques. Discover how collage has inspired a number of artists and how you to make it work exciting and dynamic work for you and others.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00

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