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. Get skills in: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.



    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 £91.00
  2. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Contemporary painting studio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison, Amanda Knight
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent 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 £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £530.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  4. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    This course introduces traditional historic approaches to drawing portraits from observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience 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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  5. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Contemporary collage projects 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    A year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. THE PROJECTS ARE DESIGNED SO THAT STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE ALL THREE COURSES OVER THE YEAR OR COME IN AT ANY STAGE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  7. Experimental animation
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your personal vision and fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of hands on stop motion and digital 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00
  8. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence, lightness 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
  9. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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 £91.00
  10. Mixed media and drawing projects 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Mixed Media and drawing projects 2 is the secondary and concluding part of this exciting mixed media course, however you are able to enrol onto either or both if possible. This course will continue to introduce you to a wide range of different projects and build upon those developing ideas with continued access to working within observational and life drawing, collage, mono-printing, 3 dimensional constructions and painting. This course will end with you having an exciting portfolio of personal, creative work.







    Please note that if you are a progressing student from mixed media and drawing projects 1 (VB640A) you will have the opportunity to continue developing your ideas in greater depth alongside being introduced to new projects.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  11. Get skills in: botanical illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joanne Roberts
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Photography, space and architecture
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 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
  13. Artists sketchbook: contemporary practice
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  14. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    On this beginners course in photography, uncover what half the buttons on your camera actually do and discover how to use them properly to get beautiful, well taken photographs. Gain useful technical knowledge and get creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step for anyone interested in photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  15. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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