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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  2. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  3. Pottery: evening course
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Spence
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We will also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  4. Painting 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  6. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  7. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    A weekly, concentrated life-drawing session for learners studying on any of City Lit's advanced visual arts courses.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
  8. Jewellery: design lab
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor?







    Join our jewellery: design lab to develop your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches.



    Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top quality pieces to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Jewellery: stone setting II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rae Duncan
    Already mastered the basics of mount-making and stone-setting but want to improve further? Develop your skills exploring the intricacies of claw and collet settings with the guidance of an experienced tutor.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  10. Life drawing: an experimental approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to drawing the figure with a variety of media: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your drawing.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  11. Beginners' bookbinding: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Explore the exciting world of craft bookbinding in this comprehensive introduction to the letterpress book. Learn about the tools and techniques required to bind a book with unique hand decorated papers.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  12. Vectorworks: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 10 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Revise and develop your Vectorworks skills further and explore more advanced processes to create professional presentations of your 3D designs and plans. Suitable for those who have completed the Vectorworks for Beginners course or who have a good grounding in the basics of this professional application.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  13. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to metal jewellery making and introduce texture to your work? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students,come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you arre picking up the basics of cutting,forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like granulation, stone setting, etching, patination and oxidation.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  14. Ceramics: surface decoration on clay
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Spence
    Working with paper stencil, block printing on unfired clay, biscuit and glazed surfaces, you will create pattern and images with slips, oxides, glaze and on-glaze enamels on simple mould forms and tiles.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  15. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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