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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Introduction to precious metal clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of jewellery.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  2. Printmaking weekend: Collagraph techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Make and print a collagraph exploiting texture and colour using readily available and simple materials with a low environmental impact. The handmade matrix is deceptively simple to construct, the printed results often richer and more detailed than expected when run through the press. All welcome.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  4. Mixed-media printmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course introduces you to new ways of combining printmaking with creative thinking by using multiple printmaking techniques and processes, layering them to produce compositions that can be made into artworks to take away with you.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  5. Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £159.00
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  6. Printmaking weekend: photographic lithography techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Holah
    Photo-plate lithography uses light sensitive aluminium plates as a printing matrix for photographic, text or hand drawn images. This versatile process allows you to collage and overprint these elements to create original works in small editions.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £159.00
  8. Introduction to body casting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    An introduction to casting parts of the body from hands and limbs to faces and entire heads. We will also look at how to assemble moulds to eliminate bad registration lines and mould distortions in the finished plaster casts.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £159.00
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  10. Adobe Premier Pro tips and tricks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    This course offers valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with Premiere Pro CC is essential.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00
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  11. Wax carving for the foundry: cast your sculpture in bronze
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Carve, melt and form wax to create a small figurative or abstract bronze sculpture. The wax will be cast in bronze at the Castle Arts Foundry and returned finished.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  12. Stop motion animation weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Are you ready to develop your own stop motion animation project? Whether it’s experimental or narrative, to be shown in a gallery, on social media or in film festivals, this course offers you the expert guidance to help you realise your own individual animation project.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
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