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.

Some 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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  3. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  5. Essential masking tips for better content
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Masking is a essential skill for all editors. But masking isn’t just about hiding an unwanted object in the image. More often, it is used to creatively draw the viewer’s attention to a particular area. An invaluable skill for any film maker.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  6. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    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.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  7. Jewellery: polishing and finishing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Learn to apply different finishes like textures to your jewellery, and refine your polishing techniques on this evening workshop. Create a set of samples, or bring along your own pieces and learn how to prepare your pieces and use the appropriate polishing cloths and compounds to achieve your desired results.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  8. Introduction to colour theory for artists
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  12. Relief printmaking: large-scale techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Large scale printmaking enables expressive mark making. Use woodcut, linocut and collograph techniques to produce big, bold and multi-coloured, multi-layered prints for you to take home.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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