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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  2. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  3. Make your own comic book
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. Plan a four page graphic story and complete one finished page on the course.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  5. Start drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  6. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  7. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 7 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Start watercolour painting
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Nov 2021 (and 2 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  9. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  10. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  11. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Working with collage is a direct communication from eye to hand that generates the unexpected. 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  15. Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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