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. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Explore the charm of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  2. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  3. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rae Duncan
    Grain setting, sometimes referred to as bead setting, is a technique where small faceted stones are held in place by small prongs called beads. These are raised from the metal in the band using an engraving tool. This specialist technique builds on the basic stone setting methods, introducing the use of a new set of tools and skills and is perfect for those wishing to take their stone-setting to a higher level.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  4. Documentary filmmaking: everything you need to know about B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    It’s B roll, the footage you cut away to from your interviews, that adds dimension to your story. Find out more about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  5. Get skills in : Mokulito printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Mokulito or wood lithography uses plywood as a printing matrix to draw with inks, sharpies and lithographic crayons and create images that will print as small editions.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  6. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  7. Beaded jewellery: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn to make multi stranded beaded pieces and progress your beaded jewellery making techniques on this course for intermediate learners.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  8. Life painting weekend: expressionist approaches
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Explore and develop a personal expressive response to life drawing and painting using a variety of techniques working from the life model. Explore mark-making, rich colour and dramatic contrast to explore and experiment with expressive and dynamic drawing and painting techniques, in response to examples of Expressionist artists styles and approaches.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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