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. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  2. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  3. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  4. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  5. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this sketchbook course, museum drawing will be recreated at home, with personal possessions and found items forming the collection of drawn items. A variety of drawing media and techniques will be explored.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  7. 3D animation with Blender for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Blender is a free, hugely powerful and widely used 3D program for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.



    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  8. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Mar 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment



    you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale



    practice from home. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some basic experience.



    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  9. Experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  10. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a body of work in preparation for professional commissions.



    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
  11. Painting from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. Develop your skills in Vectorworks
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you’ve used Vectorworks in the past but need to revise, update and develop your skills, then this is the course for you. Refine your approach to 2D drafting and basic 3D modelling on this practical one day course.



    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  13. Drawing: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no experience.



    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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