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. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our 3 stage 30 week City Lit children’s illustration coursebut need further guidance before you begin.



    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    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
  2. Digital fundamentals: media and protocols for creative practice
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether or not we use digital media in our creative work, we rely on digital tools and resources to disseminate, communicate and organise, both in our art or design practice and in our lives, generally. While most digital and social media tools now allow us to do most of what we need to without understanding how they work, it is sometimes still necessary, and important, to know how to work with the technology to ensure the right results, so that we can archive, present and collaborate effectively. This workshop provides a thorough grounding in digital media concepts and principles for visual artists, including: the fundamentals of how real world information is encoded in data and saved in file formats; how digital data is accessed, transferred, processed, archived, manipulated, both locally and via the cloud or sharing services; how and when to use different data formats and how these affect quality or accessibility; technical principles, and creative potential.



    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
  3. Friday lates: art and alchemy: from the ancient to today
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Delve into a magical world of hidden secrets and bizarre symbolism as we distil the heady mix that is art and alchemy; from early manuscripts and renaissance paintings, to the surrealists and contemporary art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Digital fundamentals: imaging for print and 2D
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 processes or settings 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 sound 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).



    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
  6. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    On this fast paced 1 day printmaking workshop, you will be taught how to register and print a four-layer CMYK screen print. Screenprinting is a highly creative and interesting process, recreating photographs and other digital artwork with endless possibilities. You will learn all the basics of screenprinting alongside some basic Photoshop skills in how to prepare your artwork. All levels welcome.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Embroidery as meditation
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In this workshop, we will freehand embroidery together and use this practice as a way of grounding, connecting with each other and slowing down while learning some basic embroidery stitches and gathering in conversation. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    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 £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  8. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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.



    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
  11. Friday lates: psychogeography: the art of getting lost
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From pub crawls to punk rock, via comic books, action painting and Hegelian philosophy; hear the unlikely tale of the Situationists: international artist-revolutionaries who tried to change the world itself into a work of art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Friday lates: Paula Rego – fairy tales and forbidden things
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the work of one of Britain’s best loved artists, whose paintings of vivid interior and private drama draw on her early years growing up in Portugal under the repressive Catholic dictatorship of General Salazar.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  13. Making a statement: how to write a strong application
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Almost everything we apply for as artists or designers has to be supported by a statement. Once we have identified that an opportunity or a proposal is right for us, we have to present a compelling case, which convinces the reader that we are a potentially suitable candidate. This is a different approach to talking about our interests or motivations as artists. In this workshop, you will learn how to consider your statement within the wider context of the application. What are the needs of the organisation behind the opportunity? How does your statement match them? This workshop will help you to see your statement from another reader’s point of view, so that you can communicate your ideas and points to the person reading it. You will learn how to consider the structure of your statement and to target it to the specific requirements of the application, whether for a course, job, residency, funding or an exhibition.



    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
  14. Friday lates: magical modernism: modern art and the occult
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover Modern Art’s secret history: a mysterious melting-pot of mystic auras, magical colour theories, trances, alchemy and the spirit-physics of the 4th-dimension, hiding beneath the familiar stories of science, reason and industry.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  15. Sketching at the museum: Tate modern
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

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