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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

 

Join us for the City Lit Visual Arts open day on Saturday 18 May. Throughout the day, at our campus in Covent Garden, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the full range and variety of our art and design subjects on offer.  Find out more >

 

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  1. Drawing for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 14 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore 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.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. Developing watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Explore the specific qualities of watercolour and the opportunities this adaptable medium offers to create dynamic painting compositions. Develop a fluency with brush work and layering of colour to develop compositional possibilities.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  3. Full fee £409.00 Senior fee £327.00 Concession £266.00
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  4. Screenprinting in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 28 Apr 2024 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  5. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Apr 2024 (and 18 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Leigh Lewis
    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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
  6. Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Developing photography skills
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Apr 2024 (and 13 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Rachel Wegh
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  8. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Apr 2024 (and 11 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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  9. Contemporary watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 May 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Through a set of short projects inspired by contemporary practitioners and their contribution to the uniqueness of the medium, the course will help you expand your understanding of watercolour and enable you to make informed choices in making personal work. It will also focus on exploring some watercolour approaches that can add variation and visual interest to your painting according to subject matter.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  10. Experimental animation for fine art practice
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of stop motion and digital techniques.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  11. London street photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  12. Life drawing and mindfulness
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore a range of imaginative and traditional approaches to drawing the human figure and how mindfulness in the context of drawing can inspire new ways of seeing and responding to your materials and subject matter.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  13. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 2024 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Gain a grounding in the rich possibilities available when working with watercolour paint. Through a series of practical studies, you will investigate the potential of this versatile medium.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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