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. Expressive colour drawing with mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 23 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Use mixed media and colour to enrich your understanding of drawing; engage with different drawing techniques and materials, collage, mono print, simple models of spaces and a short introduction to colour theory.



    All levels welcome.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  2. Jewellery: raising repousee and fold-forming
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 27 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Ilett
    Learn the traditional techniques of repousse (pushed metal) and fold forming. You will learn the basics of the traditional method of creating a raised design or pattern using punches and hammers to form flat sheet and explore the use of single and multiple folds in sheet metal to help you create your own 3-dimensional forms. Emphasis will be on experimentation of the demonstrated techniques with copper, as the organic processes create a wide variety of unique results.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  3. Design your own garden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Transform your garden and learn design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. On this online course you will discover how to understand your site and explore practical design solutions and tips on choosing the right materials and plants for your garden.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  4. A short introduction to model animation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever. On this short practical course you will learn how to create and animate engaging and effective puppets and create an exciting short animated sequence for your showreel.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  5. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  6. 3D animation with Blender for beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    In this beginners online course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  7. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  8. Creative photography projects
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Armelle Skatulski
    Always playing around with creative photographic ideas? Fancy some expert guidance on developing your ideas into a proper project? Come and experiment with ideas and techniques, whether you're photographing people, landscape, still-life or other genres. Develop a project from start to finish, learning both the theory and practicalities of planning, editing, printing and presentation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  9. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  10. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Sculpture: personal project
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Realise your personal project in 3D. Come with an idea and you will be supported through your making to a final



    piece. Learn how to structure your idea from inspiration to reality. Ideal for students with previous experience or



    students who may need extra workshop time and guidance to complete a project.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  12. Drawing: focus on abstract approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  13. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    Revise and develop your processes, techniques and skills in After Effects to produce more professional animation projects. Learn to manage your workflow professionally and create engaging characters and objects moving and interacting in 2D and 3D environments.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

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