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:  Tue 26 Apr 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
    Develop your existing skills in drawing and painting portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will tackle more complex projects to capture likeness, character and to develop your own personal style.



    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. SketchUp Pro stage 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    This intensive course is designed for people who have either completed the SketchUp Pro for beginners course or have previous experience of the software. Core skills will initially be reviewed before going onto more advanced options, enabling you to develop your work to a higher level. There will be the opportunity for you to consider your own projects during the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  3. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    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, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    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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  4. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    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.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  5. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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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  6. Try it out: garden design
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  7. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 in order to develop a personal project.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  8. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Ideal for beginners, you will learn how to use a sewing machine, its different components, how to troubleshoot and look after your machine. You will also learn different basic sewing techniques to start your journey into the world of sewing.



    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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  9. Graphic design in a day: logo design
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    On this one day course led by a professional desiger, you will examine and explore what makes a logo work and what doesn’t. Looking at iconic logos and contemporary references, you will explore the purpose of a logo, the fundamental properties of a successful design and start the design process of your own logo looking at its corporate identity, image and branding.



    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
  10. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Garden design: small spaces
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    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 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
  12. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.



    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
  13. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.



    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 £91.00
  14. City Lit bookbinding: Intermediate and higher
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not 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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  15. Start planting design for your garden
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patrick Featherstone
    Explore the principles of planting design using form, line and texture to create dynamic planting schemes. In weekly workshops, improve the breadth of your plant knowledge whilst developing the skills and techniques of garden designers.



    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 £91.00

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