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 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 8 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
  3. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. Life painting for beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    This short course is a great introduction to painting directly from the nude model. Using simple projects, you will



    explore different ways to represent the human form in paint, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  5. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  6. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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    93% of 100
  7. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Saturday painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental approaches to painting. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a choice of limestone or wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  11. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  12. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Printmaking and mixed-media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course introduces you to new ways of combining printmaking with creative thinking by using multiple printmaking techniques and processes, layering them to produce compositions that can be made into artworks to take away with you.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  14. Hand knitting for improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    Take your knitting beyond simple stocking stitch, adding colour and texture by playing with stitches, stripes and learning techniques such as lace and Aran knitting.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  15. Develop a textile sketchbook
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Explore colour, texture, pattern and composition in a working sketchbook using a variety of creative mixed media and design processes. Generate imagery from original sources, discover their potential and work toward developed textile designs.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
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