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
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Gomes
    This advanced course is aimed at practicing contemporary artists working, or interested in working, within the Moving Image. Through research, experimentation and play, you will develop new moving image work in an exploratory and supported workshop environment.
    Full fee £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  3. Video editing personal project: improve your film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  4. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display: part 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Wendy Chandler
    Are you interested in prop making for film, TV, theatre, window display, photographic industries or live events? Get to grips with everything you might encounter as a prop maker, from creatively interpreting a client's brief, to working to a budget and meeting deadlines. Learn to problem solve and apply a range of techniques to bring a 3D design concept to fruition, getting a real insight into the prop making industry and its challenges. This is part 2 of 'Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display' so is ideal if you have done part 1 or have some experience in prop making techniques. .
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £335.00
  5. Drawing and painting dialogues
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Gain an understanding of the interdependent nature of drawing and painting to establish a creative process where the potential of each activity is maximised. Discover how the two activities can spark off each other to enhance your performance with both. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £307.00
  6. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  7. Essential masking tips for better content
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Masking is a essential skill for all editors. But masking isn’t just about hiding an unwanted object in the image. More often, it is used to creatively draw the viewer’s attention to a particular area. An invaluable skill for any film maker.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  8. 3D animation with Blender for beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    In this beginners online course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.



    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. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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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  10. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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
  11. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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
  12. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. London photography: River Thames
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Explore and discover London through daytime photography walks around locations rich in photographic potential. The walks include the River Thames, from the Aldwych area eastwards to the City and from Covent Garden through Lincoln’s Inn Fields to St Paul’s Cathedral. Bring your own camera and comfortable walking shoes as you capture places, spaces, objects and people.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  14. Creative photography projects
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Armelle Skatulski
    Always playing around with creative photographic ideas? Fancy some expert guidance on developing your ideas into a proper project? Come and experiment with ideas and techniques, whether you're photographing people, landscape, still-life or other genres. Develop a project from start to finish, learning both the theory and practicalities of planning, editing, printing and presentation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  15. Preparing digital images for printmaking
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly becoming dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This online workshop in preparing digital images for printmaking will provide an introduction to specialise tools and techniques required using Adobe Photoshop in order to prepare your imagery for these printmaking processes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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