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.

Some 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. Clothes making III
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Practice working with silk or fine luxury fabrics & sew a summer dress or party wear from a pattern.



    Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Introduction to screenprinting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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    92% of 100
  3. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  4. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  5. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  6. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  7. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Start drawing
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  10. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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    98% of 100
  11. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn the basic processes and techniques for working in metal so that you can make simple items of jewellery. For beginners or students with some experience as a refresher.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  12. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you're picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
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  13. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. You will start with sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. City Lit bookbinding
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  15. City Lit fine jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone, Rae Duncan, Emilia Netto, Katrin Spranger
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £1,049.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100

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