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.

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  1. Large-scale sketchbook
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Create a sketchbook that explores ideas and an experimental use of a range of materials. Start with an offsite visit and develop the sketchbook using it as a visual journal of your thinking.

    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
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  2. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Restage paintings using photography
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn key skills in how to apply simple lighting techniques that create evocative and dramatic fine art photographs of people and still life inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and the Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th century. Combine art and photography with this workshop that focuses on the re-staging of iconic paintings in photographic form.

    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 £95.00
  4. Jewellery: stone setting III
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Already explored some of the skills of mount-making and stone-setting but want to take your expertise to another level? Experience the more complicated techniques of mounting a variety of stone shapes, as well as practising your grasp of claw and collet settings. Integrate new stone-setting techniques with your existing knowledge to give the ultimate professional finish to your jewellery.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  5. Contemporary art photography
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Become an expert in the fine art world of contemporary photography. Learn about the history, concepts and theories behind the art form, and the technology and techniques now influencing it. Develop practical skills to realise your own creative ideas, discuss your photography portfolio with others, and learn about platforms to showcase your work on the commercial fine art market.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Children's book illustration: all level studio access
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This all level studio course in children's book illustration will support you in the development of your own style and characters while working with expert tutors and other students in exploring a variety of media and techniques. Learn design and layout possibilities and bring your characters to life on a page. This studio course will also support you in identyfing how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief.

    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 £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £237.00
  7. Laser-cutting for printmaking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Laser-cut is a way to engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks, which you will then take into printmaking. This course combines digital and traditional print processes to offer a new take on the art of woodcut.

    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
  8. What makes a masterpiece
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?

    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
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  9. Art and design portfolio projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop and realise your creative language in art and design through the development of a personal project. Through workshops and small projects you will be able to build a portfolio of work in 2D and 3D related to your own personal theme or interest.

    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 £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £225.00
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    96% of 100
  10. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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 £249.00 Concession £152.00
  11. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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, eg. 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Japanese woodcut printmaking: developing next steps
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This five-week online course in Japanese woodcut is ideal for those continuing to develop their printmaking skills within this specialist area and those who have previously studied tha basics of Japanese Woodcut. This course will support your development in exploring the techniques of bokashi and betazuri and refine cutting techniques, contextualising throughout with traditional ukiyo-e and contemporary Mokuhanga printmakers.

    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 £95.00
  13. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
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  14. Calligraphy: flourished decorations
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is for those who wish to study further the art of flourishing for use with pointed pen lettering. You will learn a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand alone decorative elements and the principals of correct shape, size and design. Some knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is required.

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  15. How to draw: a complete course for beginners
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00

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