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. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  2. Art on show: five artists, five London exhibitions for 2021
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the lives and work of five leading modern and contemporary artists whose work will feature in major solo exhibitions London in summer and autumn 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.

    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 £75.00
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  4. How to paint: working from life and imagination
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  5. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.

    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 £75.00
  6. Get skills in: oil pastel techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like 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 £75.00
  7. Interior spaces photography
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Ever marvelled at the beautiful images of interiors in glossy magazines? Learn the secrets of the photography of interiors from the old and grand to the contemporary. Explore the equipment and composition, and discover editing and processing techniques to produce your own professional-looking images. Image - Steve Rumbles.

    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 £75.00
  8. Looking at photography: focus on colour and composition
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results. Image - Alistair Banton.

    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  9. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the magic of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  10. Children's book illustration: image, text and writing workshop
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Bring your stories to life and bring text and image togther in this children's book workshop that will support you with the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. Learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, with a specific focus on the relationship between illustration and text. Arrive with your characters and ideas in hand or learn how to develop character sketches and start the process of sample illustrations working towards a final story.

    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 £75.00
  11. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.

    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 £75.00
  12. Handmade printmaking: printing without a press
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.

    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Make a Kimono
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this upper intermediate sewing class and learn how to cut and make a unisex fashion version of this classic Japanese garment. You will carry out basic pattern amendments and leave with a completed kimono jacket- different length options available.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  14. Photography workshop: fine art digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  15. Get skills in: aquatint and mezzotint
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This intensive printmaking workhsop offers an opportunity to use the specialist techniques and processes associated with aquatint and mezzotint printing. Gain and insight into how these sit within the creative practice of print and work alongside other students as well as an artist/printmaker who will lead the workshop. For intermediate students only.

    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 £75.00

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