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.

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. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Try it out: jewellery making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Graphic design: cut n paste collage techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Work with a range of collage techniques, to produce quick cut n paste visuals, generating exploratory, experimental and unexpected outcomes. This short course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on collage methods relevant today in contemporary design. Discover your own unique style and take creative control exploring principles used in graphic design; contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  5. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Etching for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    An exciting introduction to the basic processes and principles of etching. Using zinc plate, create beau-tiful images with line, texture and tone, and experiment with printing your image in both mono-chrome and colour.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £449.00
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  8. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  9. Photography studio lighting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Drawing into painting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  11. Painting for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting using acrylic paints. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  12. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  14. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent working.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  15. Painting: colour mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

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