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. Photography for beginners: stage 2
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 4 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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  2. Think like an artist: in 16th century Venice
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Find out how the art of the mercantile republic of 16th century Venice reflects its unique location, trade routes and society.

    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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  3. Sketchbook: observation to abstraction
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Using a sketchbook as an experimental place in which to explore ideas, take risks and reflect, you will embark on a 'visual journey' of transformational creative processes from observational drawing towards abstraction.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Art on show: five artists, five London exhibitions for 2021
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the lives and work of five leading modern and contemporary artists whose work will feature in major solo exhibitions London in summer and autumn 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Drawing and mindfulness
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.

    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
  6. 50 drawings in a day
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  7. Focus on: Botticelli
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Botticelli created some of the most enduring mythological paintings of the Florentine Renaissance. Trace his painting career and discover the impact of first the Medici, then Savonarola, on his output.

    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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  8. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 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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  10. Artist talk: Chris Gray: What is Art School? Education through the ages
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art schools have changed dramatically from the Renaissance era of apprentices studying under the guise of the master to the liberal expressive freedoms that students enjoy today. In this talk, Artist Chris Gray will take you through the historical developments and transitions, presenting a lineage between these 2 seemingly separate worlds. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a student that moved from contemporary to traditional art education, this talk will truly highlight if there are lessons we can learn from the schools of old.

    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. Anatomical portrait drawing studio
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £115.00
  12. Graphic novels and comic book art
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative potential of designing and producing your own graphic novels and comic books. Learn how to script, storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions that are brought ot life.

    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
  13. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    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. Get skills in: oil pastel techniques
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.

    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
  15. Print studio workshop: focus on colour
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.

    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £160.00
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