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.

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  1. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to create single and multi-page layouts used for posters, leaflets and brochures.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  2. Photography for beginners: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.

    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 £95.00
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  3. Drawing and painting: personal projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own ideas in drawing and painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed 'Drawing 1' or ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent drawing and painting 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Building a graphic design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Intended for those who wish to develop their basic graphic designing skills and knowledge, this course will lead to the development of a portfolio of works that can be useful in applying either to a Foundation course or directly to a degree course in graphics. Through structured activitis and guidence making it accessible to all with an interest in the area of graphics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  5. Artist talk: Carol Justin Wilhide - A history of Japanese woodcut
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This inspiring talk by artist and printmaker Carol Wilhide Justin will introduce you to the fascinating history and development of Japanese ukiyo-e prints during the Edo period. Find out about how Japan was almost totally cut off from the rest of the world for almost 250 years and uncover the beauty of their ukiyo-e prints that were eventually opened up to the West in 1865. Discussing selected prints this conversation will explain how Japanese ukiyo-e prints electrified contemporary artists and paved the way for Modern Art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this continuation of editing with Premiere we look at more advanced editing tools like trimming and motion properties, and turn our attention to some of the core principles that govern narrative structure.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  7. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
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  8. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.

    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 £75.00
  9. Movements in art: Surrealism
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art and artists of Surrealism from their origins in the political and psychological upheaval of Post-World War I Paris to their widespread influence on 20th century art and culture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  10. Artist talk: Tanvi Kant - Textile Tales: Personal and collective histories
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tanvi Kant’s textile jewellery practice began by unpicking the woven threads of her mother’s silk sari in 2004. Looking for ways to prolong the life of fabrics and clothing no longer worn she developed sculptural cords through wrapping, coiling, knotting and stitching. She began delivering workshops alongside solo exhibitions of her work and now has over 13 years’ experience in delivering workshops within a variety of settings including galleries, museums, higher education, women's charities and residential care homes. She has been a jewellery tutor with City Lit since 2013. Her practice demonstrates how readily available materials can be transformed with unashamedly simple techniques. In this illustrated talk, Tanvi will follow multiple threads traversing both personal and collective narratives that intersect with her practice. Join us this evening to hear and see how a sari in the mid-west of the USA, microscopic worlds, cotton spinning in Lancashire and an empowered social reformer in British India spin together in expected and unexpected ways.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  11. Reflecting on exhibitions: intention and experience
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How important is contextual knowledge when looking at art? To what extent, for example, do we need to understand the historical and political context of the time, or to know the biographical details of the artist? How do we apply such knowledge, and our own experience, in making informed subjective opinions of works of art?



    This workshop will build on some of these fundamental questions and assumptions, to examine how the visual arts are presented, and encountered. Alongside the context, environment, and design/production values of an exhibition, we will consider the target audience, visitor experience, accessibility, and so on. Beyond these questions, we will also consider a number of factors related to public policy and accountability. For example, how does the Arts Council assess the 'Artistic Quality' of the work it funds, and what are its criteria for assessing funded exhibitions, in terms of fulfilling their values (education, public engagement and access)?



    Referring to real case studies (either physical or virtual), the group will present and discuss experiences of visiting exhibitions or encountering works of art in specific contexts, and how these have informed, enlightened or affected individual thinking or practice, and served the needs of artist, exhibitor and audience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  12. Building an art and design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This onine course will support you in building a wide-ranging portfolio of artwork either to boost your artistic growth or to support an application for further study. You will explore a wide range of art and design projects resulting in new and diverse work alongisde support with presentation and how best to showcase your ideas.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  13. Painting from plants and flowers
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.

    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 £95.00
  14. Introduction to jewellery making
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover metal jewellery making techniques to create a piece of jewellery. You will be introduced to the basic processes of forging, texturing, soldering and cutting out shapes in metal. You will learn how to create a ring to the correct finger size.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
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  15. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.

    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 £75.00

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