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. Start watercolour painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  2. Mosaics introductory: direct method
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  3. Try it out: bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive book to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  4. Mosaics introductory
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  5. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 1 May 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  6. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would you like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  7. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.

    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £140.00
  9. Developing art practice
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  10. Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the trade of rubies, sapphires and emeralds, different types of these precious stones on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.

    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
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  12. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating - including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous 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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  13. Try it out: printmaking
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the excitement of printmaking. This course will give you a taste of basic relief printing and monoprinting techniques that will get you hooked on the many possibilities of this rewarding medium.

    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
  14. Pottery: beginners' throwing course
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn basic methods for making simple bowls and vases, and discover how to throw and produce interesting forms. Ideal for beginners.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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