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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.



    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
  2. Get skills in: paint mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Watercolour painting studio: life painting
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    This course will give you all the basic techniques needed to start painting from the life model using watercolour with its wonderful qualities of light and fluidity.



    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
  4. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how each discipline supports the other, leading to new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. Through a range of traditional, experimental, and playful approaches to drawing, explore a range of ways to connect and be inspired by 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  5. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £100.00
  6. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    The ‘low-tech’ nature of monoprinting makes it one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. Combined with collage, stencils and lasercut vignettes this will be an exciting and enjoyable course to develop and inform your current art practice or, as a starting point for complete beginners.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  7. Fundamentals of graphic design
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This course will give you a strong basis for starting to explore what Graphic Design is as a subject. We will lead you in exploring creating graphic images and words. It will include looking at how drawing tasks can lead onto abstraction and graphic representation. You will also explore the nature of text and words, including poetry, of their form and layout and their graphic representation using creative and playful analogue working techniques.







    Note the course does not include any software teaching use in terms of the creation of works. You will however be guided to take photographs of your works and create pdf’s to submit onto a course Padlet, which is a shared class resource.







    Working on a series of short engaging tasks and homework extension tasks, supported by contextual references for visual inputs, you will build both subject confidence and the ability to produce creative graphic design solutions.



    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
  8. Watercolour painting: practice and culture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This ONLINE course presents fresh perspectives on the characteristics of watercolour; its qualities of intimacy, transience and portability are explored through stimulating practical projects and inspiring artist talks.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Introduction to jewellery making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Introduction to metal jewellery making techniques such as forging, texturing and soldering, cutting out shapes in sheet metal and twisting wire. You will explore how to create a ring to the correct finger size and how to add decoration like a stone or a kinetic element. You will create at least one wearable piece of jewellery on this course.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  10. Beaded jewellery: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    The course is about progressing with Beaded Jewellery techniques. You will increase skills and make Beaded items of Jewellery that are multi stranded.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Relief printmaking: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Produce wood and lino cuts and explore a range of relief printing methods. Use layering, stencils and multi-block techniques to fully explore the many exciting possibilities of relief printing.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  12. Sculpture: personal project
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Realise your personal project in 3D. Come with an idea and you will be supported through your making to a final



    piece. Learn how to structure your idea from inspiration to reality. Ideal for students with previous experience or



    students who may need extra workshop time and guidance to complete a project.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  13. Sewing on Sundays II
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    This is a follow on from Sewing on Sundays II where you will use what you have learnt to cut and sew a shirt.



    This course is suitable for those with basic sewing skills or those who wish to refresh their skills.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  14. Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Bryan
    Be creative with paper engineering and bring the 2D page to 3D life with pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and the basic building blocks on which to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.



    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
  15. Design your own garden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Design your own garden and turn your valuable outside space into a private sanctuary. Discover how to create a secluded garden using considered layout, landscaping and planting to create an extension of your home.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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