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. Museum drawing at home
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    In this fun filled sketchbook based course, you will recreate the experience of museum drawing within your own home. Create your own museum archive with personal possessions and found items forming the collection. You will be introduced to and explore variety of drawing media and techniques as you document your home musuem.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  2. Artist talk: Kathy Abbott - From hats to headcaps
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A chance discovery of the craft of bookbinding changed Kathy Abbott's career path. She will talk about her journey and the wide range of work she undertakes, encompassing Shakespeare's First Folio, Islamic manuscripts, and the inspiration she gets for her Fine Bindings from her love of the written word.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.

    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
  4. Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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  5. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - 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.

    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
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  7. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practice machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.

    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
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  8. Drawing: focus on space and depth
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the potential of perspective, layering, light and shade to create space and depth in a drawing. By experimenting with different drawing mediums play with the picture plane in a drawing to achieve an illusion of depth. Using observational drawing make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £219.00
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  10. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop, and develop some

    practical skill and knowledge.

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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  11. A short introduction to Rhino
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course is designed to introduce Rhino software as a tool for designing for 3D Printing, taking you through the basic commands, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate 3D prints.

    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
  12. A short introduction to painting in oils
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn all the techniques required for a full palette oil painting using just one colour and white, learn palette layout and organisation, how to hold and use brushes, how to apply paint to canvas and pigment properties.

    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
  13. Making a mini protest banner
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course will give you an insight into the history of textile protest banners and teach you techniques to make your own mini banner in stitch.

    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
  14. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    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.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  15. Garden design: small spaces
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Make the most of your small garden and learn design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. Discover how to understand your site and explore practical design solutions and tips on choosing the right materials and plants for your garden.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

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