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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Botanical illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. On this short illustration course, you will work with a range of plant species images and live studies, working both in the studio and on location.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023

    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. Printmaking workshop: focus on colour
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  4. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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
  5. Drawing 3: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 May 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  6. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jul 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  8. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Claire Reid
    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  9. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  10. The design brief
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, sometimes, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook. Basic materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring and use your own as well.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    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
  12. Anatomical life and portrait drawing
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  13. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  14. Artists eye: landscape painting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of landscapes inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in landscape.



    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 £129.00 Concession £129.00
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  15. Life figurative sculpture
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Create a plaster life sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well a gaining armature and plaster modelling skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00

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