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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. 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
  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. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  5. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. 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
  7. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings.Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles:interiors, fashion,stationery or text.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  8. Street photography: London location
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Speedlight flash in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flashes and techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  12. Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Experiment with a range of mono printing techniques; painted, wiped and drawn, onto fabric. You will use these techniques with appliqué, manipulation and hand stitch to layer and build exciting dimensional surfaces, exploring pattern and texture.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  13. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.



    The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Children's book illustration for beginners: Intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Dee Shulman
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  15. Introduction to propmaking for film, TV, theatre and display: part 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Learn a range of sculptural techniques that are used in the ever expanding film, TV and theatre prop making industry. Explore a range of sculpting and casting methods and fabricating techniques, and experiment with materials.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00

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