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.

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. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  2. Anatomical portrait drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  4. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create multicolour or monochrome relief prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing relief prints to take home.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Life drawing and mindfulness
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 you materials and subject matter.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 4 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  8. Textiles: frame loom weaving
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Learn the basics of handweaving on a frame loom. Explore traditional rug making techniques to create raised surface decoration and handweaving in plain weave pattern. Create a series of samples, and design and create your own contemporary weave combining techniques.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  9. London street photography
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  10. Hand marbled paper
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  11. Personal photography projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Been on previous courses and need space to hone and practice your technique or need support in photographing a collection? Guided by a highly experienced tutor, use our fully equipped studio space and equipment to take your personal project forward. Delve deeper into the world of photography, working in a studio, we will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  12. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent working.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  13. Design and make your own graphic design zines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  15. Drawing into painting
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
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