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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken, Roy Butler, Peter Hall, Francis Keith Hillier, Dominic Spillane, Maria Valente Rodriquez Morris
    This course introduces traditional historic approaches to drawing portraits from observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience an advantage.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  3. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.



    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). For more information click here



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  4. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.



    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 £140.00
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  5. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.



    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 Japanese woodcut techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  7. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on developing techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy, lithography and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can extend their knowledge of processes, while developing personal projects with expert guidance.



    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 £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  8. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    On this beginners course in photography, uncover what half the buttons on your camera actually do and discover how to use them properly to get beautiful, well taken photographs. Gain useful technical knowledge and get creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step for anyone interested in photography.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  9. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation. Suitable for beginners.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  10. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Keith C Clarke
    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.



    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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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  11. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.



    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  12. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create motifs and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth.



    This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.







    When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to a student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud.



    Please read the full course details below.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  13. Explore your creativity
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  14. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour 1.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  15. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.



    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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