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. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken, Roy Butler, Peter Hall, Francis Keith Hillier, Dominic Spillane, Maria Valente Rodriquez Morris
    Develop your existing skills in drawing and painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle more complex projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Get skills in photogrpahy studio lighting and learn all about professional photographic studio practice and lighting. Get a complete introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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
  3. Photography projects 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith, Laura Vuoma, Matthew Ward
    Delve deep into the world of photography with a selection of practical and creative workshops that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.



    Photography Projects 2 is the second part of a two-stage course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. This stage enables you to deepen your understanding of photographic techniques, gain new skills in industry software and start developing your own ideas through a self-led photographic project.



    Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to build an extensive portfolio of photographic work.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  4. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  5. Explore drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Explore 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.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  7. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.



    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
  8. Animation with Adobe Animate CC
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    This online beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on animating characters.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  9. Get skills in: oil painting processes and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    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.



    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
  10. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have 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.



    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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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  11. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    An exciting, fast paced, one-day crash-course in screenprinting. Working with your choice of photographic image, in combination with layers of vibrant colours and learning the basics of screenprinting by making prints to take away with you.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  12. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  13. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.



    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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  14. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  15. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.



    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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