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. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  3. Developing Japanese woodcut techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    This Japanese Woodcut class is designed for students who have completed an introductory course. Alongside exploring techniques such as hanshita and betazurie (details below) it allows for students with experience in mokuhanga to develop their own skills in greater depth’.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  4. Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore the surface qualities of drawing and mark-making with the layered possibilities of mixed-media and hand stitch. You'll have the chance to generate visual research and ideas towards a personal project.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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  5. Try it out: garden design
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    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
  6. Interior design on a Sunday
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 online course is the course for you.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  7. Drawing and mindfulness: exploring imagination
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing, mindfulness and the imagination and how mindfulness can support imaginative engagement in drawing. Through a variety of guided drawing exercises investigate a range of playful and imaginative drawing exercises to stimulate and inspire your imagination. A practical drawing course, inspired by the world around us and the imagination.







    Suitable for those with experience in drawing or mindfulness who wish to re-fresh their practice and stimulate new directions as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  9. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  10. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  11. Introduction to digitally printed textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    A short course for beginners.Learn how to use simple collage to develop a design for a womens or menswear scarf. Scan your design before using Photoshop to refine and sharpen your image.Print your image using the sublimation printer and transfer onto your chosen fabric. All materials provided.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. A short introduction to stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Learn how to do traditional model armature puppet animation and plasticine animation. On this practical course you will learn the principles of animation and apply them to the puppet sequences produced during the sessions. You will be introduced to some examples of professional puppets used on broadcast TV and, using professional equipment you will learn how to use timing and performance to create dynamic animations.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  13. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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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  14. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  15. Documentary filmmaking: everything you need to know about B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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

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