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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how each discipline supports the other, leading to new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. Through a range of traditional, experimental, and playful approaches to drawing, explore a range of ways to connect and be inspired by drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    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 £115.00
  2. Introduction to jewellery making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Introduction to metal jewellery making techniques such as forging, texturing and soldering, cutting out shapes in sheet metal and twisting wire. You will explore how to create a ring to the correct finger size and how to add decoration like a stone or a kinetic element. You will create at least one wearable piece of jewellery on this course.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  3. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.



    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
  4. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.



    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
  5. Visible stitches, spectacular spines: experiments in exposed sewing
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Explore the creative possibilities of visible sewing in bookbinding through structure and materials. Experiment with wrapping, folding and piercing to produce a set of books where the spine is the star!



    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
  6. Contemporary drawing studio
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Develop your own ideas in drawing and painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed 'Drawing 1' or ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent drawing and painting courses.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  7. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.



    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
  8. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  9. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
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  10. Introduction to relief printmaking: wood and lino
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create wonderful monochrome and multicolour woodblock prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing your relief prints. Suitable for all levels.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Painting studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.



    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
  12. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Ilett
    Learn the traditional techniques of repousse (pushed metal) and fold forming. You will learn the basics of the traditional method of creating a raised design or pattern using punches and hammers to form flat sheet and explore the use of single and multiple folds in sheet metal to help you create your own 3-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be on experimentation of the demonstrated techniques with copper, as the organic processes create a wide variety of unique results.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  13. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  14. Introduction to experimental printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Enjoy this fun workshop introduction, exploring both linocutting and etching. Experiment with a range of methods (chine colle, stencils and rainbow rolls) to develop exciting imagery.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Sewn boards and drum leaf bindings for book arts
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    These book forms are great for making artists’ books and books with content, as they both open flat with little or no restriction at the spine fold. Come and make some models to experiment with, or bring some artwork with you and use this to produce two versatile and creative structures. Some experience of sewing multi-section books will be helpful.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

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