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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. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Seasonal wreath making course
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Put a twist on the classic Christmas wreath. Spend a fun day creating your own unique seasonal wreath to hang on your door during the festive period. Experiment with your choice of waste, found and / or natural materials to transform them into a beautiful and striking decorative wreath.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    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
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. From inspiration to action: how to turn a creative idea into a project
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Stoddart
    Turn that blue-sky thinking from a dream into reality. On this workshop, in a small group of other, similarly inspired individuals, we will show you how to take your moment of inspiration, however modest or grand, and make it happen. In one day, you will learn how to examine your idea to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and identify the various ways it can be expanded, attract partners, and engage with people and funding. Starting from the most basic questions (what is it, why do you want to do it, how can you communicate it easily…?), through examination of case studies, and of our own ideas, we will progress through practical, technical and budget considerations, using the framework of a simple project plan, to bring them to the point where you will be ready to plunge in!
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Does every creative act have meaning? Is there a statement – conscious or unconscious – inherent in everything we do as artists? Should we interpret or analyse what we see, what we do, what we’ve done? In this one-day workshop, we will examine a range of specific works, considering the question of whether and how meaning has been embedded (intentionally or otherwise) and can be identified and interpreted. This will, to some degree, touch on how individuals and societies make and ascribe meaning, perhaps as an attempt to process and come to terms with, for example, otherwise seemingly arbitrary events like a natural catastrophe or suffering. We will discuss and workshop these themes in the larger group, draw on examples presented, and the experiences of the members in the group. Other questions that may be considered include: discerning meaning as an attempt to find order in chaos, and whether or what we might lose by attempting to impose meaning, by attempting to explain within the confines of critical analysis, that which may, in fact, be critical to the character or intention of a work of art.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  7. Digital fundamentals: imaging for print and 2D
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    As artists and designers, we generally tend to observe a number of fundamental 'rules' when working with digital media for print-based or other forms of 2D output. These relate to steps or settings for proceses such as scanning, saving, resolution, image or data format, colour modes, compression... To a certain extent, much of this is received knowledge, and we don't necessarily know why we follow these rules. Knowing what they are based on, and why, is, however, fundamental to technical proficiency, and expertise, and knowing what these principles are based on allows us not only to produce work to professional standard, but also to exploit them to their full creative potential. This workshop will be of value to any visual artist who uses digital technology in their creative practice, from painters and printmakers to photographers and graphic designers. Coverage includes: principles and concepts underpinning digital imaging for print/static delivery: pixel/vector; resolution, scalability, application; acquisition, modes, formats and real-world constraints; file sizes/compression/data integrity; relation to physical output (size, resolution, process).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  9. Beauty photography: 1 day masterclass
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This is ideal as a first step into the specialism of beauty photography. This is a practical course. You will be working with the lighting and equipment that is associated with beauty photography. By the end of the one day course you will be well on the way to creating your first beauty image.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  10. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how this can support new ways of seeing to stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  11. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and other fabrics. Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques, including how to put your own designs onto screens, correct inks and printing methods and how to clean and prepare screens.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  12. Portrait painting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Paint a portrait from life in a day. Learn quick painting methods, how to construct a painting and how to render skin tones and light and shade to make a convincing likeness.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  13. Art is for now: temporary and situation-specific creative practice
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    Conventional notions of artworks as physical objects, which imply considerations of authorship, ownership and the spectator, are opposed in many senses by artworks and practices that are predicated on impermanence, or which subvert expectations due to the location or context in which they are encountered. This professional practice workshop is an opportunity, through a combination of presentation, and the participatory exchange of ideas and perspectives, to consider alternative modes of practice, and the possibilities presented by art that is made in, and for, the moment. We examine different interpretations of the word ‘temporary’, including concepts of relative duration, the ephemeral, and man-made demarcations, and look at specific examples of work by artists including Fluxus, Beuys, Kaprow, Collective Actions, Brugera, Marina, Goldsworthy and Tempest. We also consider our own work and ideas in relation to a range of concepts and examples of practice in which the ‘product’ is not necessarily an ‘art object’, which prioritise the act or event over what we might call the output, or in which impermanence or mutability are significant factors. These include; Merz; auto-destructive art; actions and events; sound sculpture; performance; land art.



    The workshop begins with some participatory exercises. Basic materials will be provided, but you may also wish to have a small selection of your own drawing implements to hand, and a selection of materials of your choosing (eg: paper, card, cardboard boxes, tape, string or wire…).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  14. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  15. What did narrative ever do for you?
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn about the structure and function of narrative, and find out how it relates to your creative practice. In this workshop we will consider film, animation, moving image or other time-based practices, primarily, in which there is a clear and accessible connection to the unfolding of meaning over a linear (or non-linear) sequence, but we may also discuss examples across potentially any creative discipline, and other forms of expression. We will look at principles of narrative and narrative structures in film, the ‘conventions’ of storytelling across a range of examples, and how these have been used or subverted within the form. Storytelling is fundamental to human civilisation: across all cultures, narrative plays a central role in our understanding of our place in the world, and addressing profound questions about our existence. Children learn through stories; cultures cohere through shared narratives. We will consider the role of narrative as a fundamentally important pillar in underpinning societies, belief systems, and values, and why an awareness of these relationships is increasingly important in these ‘unprecedented’ times.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

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