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. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  2. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  3. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  4. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  5. Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt from start to finish.You will use a range of construction and embellishment techniques.The emphasis for design is on Circles, Curves and Applique with cotton fabrics to create a personalised quilt.Suitable for beginners. This course is also suitable for supporting or extending other textile related courses, and would also have an application to students with an interest in interior furnishings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  6. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through the history of art and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  7. Illustrator for textile design I
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  8. Life drawing and painting: experimental approaches to the figure
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to drawing the figure with a variety of media: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  9. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  10. Drawing: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no experience.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  11. Interior design on a Saturday
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alya Rizvi
    If you have creative flair and would like to learn the skills necessary to design the interior of your home or make a step towards a new career, then this is the course for you.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  12. Experimental filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  13. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  14. Graphic design portfolio preparation
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  15. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christine Robertson
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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