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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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An exciting, fast paced, one-day crash-course in screenprinting. Working with your choice of photographic image, in combination with layers of vibrant colours and learning the basics of screenprinting by making prints to take away with you.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  2. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice in order to develop a personal project.



    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
  3. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry.



    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
  4. Try it out: garden design
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. Try it out: jewellery making
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.



    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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  6. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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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  7. Explore drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    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
  8. Create a short film in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced practical introduction to film making.



    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
  9. Try it out: bookbinding
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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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  10. Try it out: conservation
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover some of the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic



    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required. A chance to discuss further



    study in bookbinding at City Lit.



    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
  11. Compression techniques for filmmaking
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever struggle to send your videos out to family and friends? This quick one-day course introduces the basics of video compression: using the software effectively and judging appropriate formats to use. An essential course to make sharing your films as painless as possible.



    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
  12. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This short workshop will guide you through the basics of Modern Copperplate Calligraphy. Once the art form of expert craftsman, calligraphy is now a popular creative outlet, flexible enough to reflect the personality, style, and creativity of every individual. Everyone can learn it and have a lot of fun while doing so! Suitable for left-handers and right-handers.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  13. Art is for now: temporary and situation-specific creative practice
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Conventional notions of artworks as physical objects, which imply considerations of authorship, ownership and the spectator, are opposed in many senses by artworks and practices that are predicated on impermanence, or which subvert expectations due to the location or context in which they are encountered. This professional practice workshop is an opportunity, through a combination of presentation, and the participatory exchange of ideas and perspectives, to consider alternative modes of practice, and the possibilities presented by art that is made in, and for, the moment. We examine different interpretations of the word ‘temporary’, including concepts of relative duration, the ephemeral, and man-made demarcations, and look at specific examples of work by artists including Fluxus, Beuys, Kaprow, Collective Actions, Brugera, Marina, Goldsworthy and Tempest. We also consider our own work and ideas in relation to a range of concepts and examples of practice in which the ‘product’ is not necessarily an ‘art object’, which prioritise the act or event over what we might call the output, or in which impermanence or mutability are significant factors. These include; Merz; auto-destructive art; actions and events; sound sculpture; performance; land art.



    The workshop begins with some participatory exercises, and it will be helpful to have a small selection of drawing implements to hand, and a selection of materials of your choosing (eg: paper, card, cardboard boxes, tape, ruler, string or wire, a cutting mat or hardboard…).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  14. Social engagement through creative practice
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The spectrum of socially engaged arts practice ranges from a long term intimate arts project in a community with 6 participants to nation-wide works such as Jeremy Deller’s ‘We Are Here Because We Are Here’, 2016, or Steve McQueen’s ‘Year Three’, 2019, with its focus on the 7 and 8 year old children (the future adults) of London. This type of art-making practice is not new, but is deployed in different ways. We will discuss what we mean by this, and consider the aims and value of socially engaged art. We will examine its origins and development and look at the work of artists such as Rabab Ghazhoul, John Newling, Yara & Davina and Somewhere, who work with participants as part of the creative process with different outcomes and impact.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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