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.

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  1. Introduction to fashion illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this exciting new online course, you will be introduced to every aspect of fashion illustration. You’ll learn a wide range of drawing and painting techniques that will unlock your imagination and creativity. If you are interested in fashion illustration and would like to explore the subject further, you be introduced to a range of new and exciting approaches. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00
  2. Creative photography: introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  3. Introduction to critical and analytic theories for photography
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  4. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  5. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  6. Beginners photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 4 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  7. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Course Date:  Tue 4 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?

    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  8. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Does your soldering let your jewellery work down? If you would like to practise without worrying about the outcome, get expert help and improve your understanding and technique, then come and join this practical course. Soon you will be soldering with confidence.

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
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  9. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Introduction to painting skin tones in 3 colours
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    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mixing skin tones can be an incredibly difficult challenge and for many it can present a range of technical issues and problem dolving. This short online course will introduce you to approaches in building and developing life like skins tones using a limited paint palette. Guided by live artist demonstrations, you will simplify the problem and so develop an easy and logical approach to painting skin tones.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  11. Painting workshop: skin tone colour mixing
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  12. Introduction to stretching and priming a canvas
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £80.00
  13. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  14. Life drawing online: exploring the figure
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the great potential of drawing the life model via Zoom. Working from a variety of interesting models and dynamic poses, the course will explore the placement of a figure in space using line, tone and composition including foreshortening. Poses will range in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours to enable a wide range of drawing. Perfect for beginners or anyone wishing to try the new experience of drawing online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  15. Book arts drop-in
    Course Date:  Tue 25 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.

    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

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