Art & design

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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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of 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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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 or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  2. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  3. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would you like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  4. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  5. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  8. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Sculpture: portraits in wax
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material by creating a wax portrait bust from observing a life model. This intensive course is perfect for both beginners and those with experience. Learn basic anatomy, how to make armatures and wax modelling techniques. You will be guided through this course by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  10. Narrative stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Narrative stop motion animation is the most popular form on social media. Engage in an exciting exploration of storytelling using a range of animation techniques and genres. See your drawings and models come to life and create a series of exciting animated sequences to enhance your social media posts or your professional show reel.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  11. Screenprinting: developing techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    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.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  12. Try it out: bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Wax carving for the foundry: cast your sculpture in bronze
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023

    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
  14. City Lit Pro Dragonframe
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Horabin
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace.This fast paced practical course takes you through the professional techniques and processes of Dragon Frame and shows you why it is the application of choice for the major animation studios and professional independent animators alike.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  15. Jewellery: a buyer's guide to pearls
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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