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. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 5 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  2. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  3. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the richness of drawing, painting and the creative imagination. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating and enriching your imaginative engagement, with a range of subject matter. This course provides complementary experience and a valuable addition to more formal drawing and painting courses.



    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
  4. Design thinking: creative problem solving
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The term ‘design thinking’ describes an adaptive and reflective approach to problem-solving that is, in many ways, congruent with the kinds of processes that underpin creative practice generally, and is fundamental to the development of many of the systems on which the world’s current production, logistics, communications and supply depend. Although generally considered largely in relation to system design, information and interaction design, and product design, it is a way of thinking through and deconstructing creative and/or technical challenges that is equally valuable as a lens through which to examine creative processes and problems in any discipline. In this professional practice workshop, we examine the 5 classic stages of Design Thinking, and look at how we can use them to refine our thinking processes, apply our insight and focus our imagination, to solve both creative and practical problems.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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
  5. Friday lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).



    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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  6. Sketching at the museum: British Museum
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the British Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Digital fundamentals: media and protocols for creative practice
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether or not we use digital media in our creative work, we rely on digital tools and resources to disseminate, communicate and organise, both in our art or design practice and in our lives, generally. While most digital and social media tools now allow us to do most of what we need to without understanding how they work, it is sometimes still necessary, and important, to know how to work with the technology to ensure the right results, so that we can archive, present and collaborate effectively. This workshop provides a thorough grounding in digital media concepts and principles for visual artists, including: the fundamentals of how real world information is encoded in data and saved in file formats; how digital data is accessed, transferred, processed, archived, manipulated, both locally and via the cloud or sharing services; how and when to use different data formats and how these affect quality or accessibility; technical principles, and creative potential.



    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
  8. Photography and graphic arts colour management in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    On this intense one day workshop in graphic arts colour management, learn how to achieve consistent digital colours using icc profiles, viewing on a monitor, output to web and desktop printingusing bothAdobe Photoshop and X-Rite software.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Creative approaches to visual research and problem solving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This one day course is an introduction to creative problem solving. You will be given an illustration brief and learn how to generate, research, select and develop your best idea and create a finished piece of artwork. This course is suitable for beginners and also those with more experience who wold like to develop their creative problem solving skills.



    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. Friday lates: the art of zines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Looking at artists: landscapes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.



    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
  12. London's smaller galleries: Leighton House
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  13. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    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. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Join us for a sketchbook walk in Central London to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing we will be examining our experience and opening up to the magic and surprises that an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  15. Making a statement: how to write a strong application
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Almost everything we apply for as artists or designers has to be supported by a statement. Once we have identified that an opportunity or a proposal is right for us, we have to present a compelling case, which convinces the reader that we are a potentially suitable candidate. This is a different approach to talking about our interests or motivations as artists. In this workshop, you will learn how to consider your statement within the wider context of the application. What are the needs of the organisation behind the opportunity? How does your statement match them? This workshop will help you to see your statement from another reader’s point of view, so that you can communicate your ideas and points to the person reading it. You will learn how to consider the structure of your statement and to target it to the specific requirements of the application, whether for a course, job, residency, funding or an exhibition.



    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

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