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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £670.00
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  3. Hand marbled paper
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  4. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Screenprinting projects
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your screen-printing in this weekly taught workshop where you will be shown new techniques, from t-shirt printing, using halftones, layering colour, stenciling and experimental techniques and professional practice too.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £371.00
  6. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  7. The gold kingdoms of medieval Africa
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Women in art 1400-1800
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Adobe Photoshop for photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    This practical studio course will introduce you to Adobe Photoshop's workspace, gaining essential skills and knoweldge in colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Set up and find your way around Photoshop's workspace to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. London's smaller art collections
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  13. To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Heaven and Hell, as dwelling places for the dead were common images in Christian medieval art. Purgatory was a possible destination for the soul before reaching either Hell or Heaven. Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent at this time? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Feminism in modern and contemporary art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00

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