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. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  2. Portrait studies from life
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get up close to the face via Zoom - an opportunity to observe detail and nuance that is not possible in the life studio. This course leads on from Module 1, but can be taken without that previous experience. It will develop methods such as proportions, tone, structure, while introducing colour and painting to represent portraits, referencing artists to inspire and inform. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  3. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  4. Illustrating natural history
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills using a variety of different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.

    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
  5. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.

    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
  6. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, brush techniques and how to improve your mark making to develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  7. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course Date:  Wed 28 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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  8. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2 intensive
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your Animate CC skills further to create professional character animations on this stage 2 course. Learn how to use a virtual camera and apply layer depth to enhance your scene and how to parent layers, use the bone tool and auto lip synch to make your characters come to life. You will be expected to have completed the Animation with Adobe Animate stage 1 course or have experience in using the drawing tools, tweening, symbols and importing sound.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  9. Make a laser cut ring in plastic
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Spend some time playing with Adobe Illustrator in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic steps to customise an existing template using the pen and image trace tool. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.

    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
  10. Collage for textile design
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Translate visual inspiration and develop innovative ideas for textile design using paper collage techniques. Explore abstract and representational design, pattern, scale, texture and colour with a myriad of layered, cut, folded, and manipulated papers.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  11. Artist talk: Michael Harding - No Man's Land
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Michael Harding is a fine art photographer whose work primarily addresses urban landscapes and the built environment, where he explores subtle physical tensions between elements. His recent work has evolved into diptychs which contrast different perspectives of the same scene, examining viewpoint and time shifts.



    Michael also enjoys a professional practice working on projects for a range of blue-chip companies, photographing faces, places and spaces around the world.



    Michael will talk about his artistic evolution, discussing pioneering work by photographers such as Walker Evans, Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, and how these have influenced him. He will explain how his work has developed over time and now focuses on a filmic approach exploring the hidden narratives within the built environment. This will be an interactive talk with Q&A’s.

    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
  12. Experimental screenprinting
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.

    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 £120.00
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  13. Looking at artists: focus on drawing and markmaking
    Course Date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.

    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
  14. Jewellery and mindfulness workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Feeling stressed or distracted? Discover the power of craft activities in developing focus and concentration to combat the stress of daily life, and pick up new jewellery making skills at the same time. Learn to hand-braid colourful textile threads to create a bracelet whilst learning about the practice of mindfulness, and enjoy the impact this has on your general wellbeing.

    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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  15. Jewellery: wax carving for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to apply your jewellery designs in wax using a range of wax carving tools and waxes. You will be introduced to the lost wax casting process and where to outsource this.

    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 £90.00

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