Art & design

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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. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Painting: colour mixing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Learn Rhino
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This online 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Large format camera workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 23 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    This hands-on practical photography workshop will enable you to discover the beauty of testing, experimenting and shooting with large-format photography. This is a skilled art form with often spectacular results and offers great potential in how we capture and showcase photographic images. Explore large format camera techniques and equipment from focus control to film loading, with expert guidance, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Etching for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    An exciting introduction to the basic processes and principles of etching. Using zinc plate, create beau-tiful images with line, texture and tone, and experiment with printing your image in both mono-chrome and colour.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  7. Drawing: a contemporary approach
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jul 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. London street photography
    Course start date:  Tue 2 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Sewing for the home II
    Course start date:  Tue 9 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Learn how you can refresh soft interiors for your home, starting with designing and making your own Cushion. Update your lounge with a new unique Cushion that conveys your interior style.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  10. Creative nature and landscape photography
    Course start date:  Tue 23 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Rachel Wegh
    Explore nature, landscape and environmental photography in the classroom and in the field. You will learn to create images with impact, whilst developing your own visual style and a personal project.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Lithography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    Learn how to produce work that mimicks a painterly style using lithography printmaking processes. Lithography printmaking work depends on the delicate balance between grease and water and can provide a broad range of outcomes. Learn how marks and brush strokes drawn and painted on the printing plate can be faithfully reproduced to create bold or subtle prints.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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