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 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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
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  2. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  3. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Thu 12 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
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  5. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. 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. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Get inspired by trying carving techniques in wood or stone and create your own small carving. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead



    you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  7. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  8. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Contemporary painting studio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison, Amanda Knight, Lucinda Oestreicher
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £565.00
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    87% of 100
  10. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  11. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  12. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.



    The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  13. Drawing for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Learn and develop basic drawing skills on this thorough and intensive course. Each day will focus on an aspect of drawing, covering key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  14. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will 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, and both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  15. Carving in wood
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will be taught how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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