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.

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. Life painting: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    A great introduction to tonal painting working directly from the nude model. Using simple projects, you will



    explore different ways to represent the human form through light and shade in paint, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  2. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Sketchbooks: creating visual journeys
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. London street photography
    Course start date:  Tue 2 May 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    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
  5. Watercolour painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    An 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. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones, 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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  7. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Jewellery: electroforming workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katrin Spranger
    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax,Polymorph and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Bring a selection of materials/small objects that you may want to electroform and learn how to prepare them, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals and integrate attachments, to create lightweight and hollow pieces.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Filmmaking: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn all the stages of film making from initial pre- production planning through to post production editing. Whatever genre interests you, this course will give you the essential skills to realise your own movie.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  10. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Jun 2023 (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
  11. Stretching and priming a canvas
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  13. 3D animation with Blender
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you are new to 3d animation, you’ve had a go at teaching yourself but are not making progress, or perhaps you are transferring to Blender from a different 3D program, this course is for you.



    It will take you through a professional approach to creating characters and environments in 3D from scratch, as well as introducing workflows and techniques to help produce polished 3D animations of your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
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  14. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Leigh Lewis
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  15. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. This course focus on Infographics and data visualization using Adobe Illustrator. Infographics can be applied in websites, blogs, social media, brochures, presentations, reports, adverts, posters, teaching, comic subjects, magazines, awareness campaigns, and even resumes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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