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. Get skills in: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £149.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  3. Make your own comic book
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. Plan a four page graphic story and complete one finished page on the 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Start drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    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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  5. Start watercolour painting
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.



    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
  6. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.



    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
  7. Explore your creativity
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    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 £73.00
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  8. Illustration for advertising and editorial
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop a body of creative ideas and illustration work, exploring how illustration is used within advertising. Examine and create exciting eidtorial content, bringin image and text to life on a page. Work across analalogue and digital processes including scanning, digital image manipulation and printing.



    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
  9. Get skills in: old masters drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.



    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
  10. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    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
  11. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Working with collage is a direct communication from eye to hand that generates the unexpected. This short course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on collage methods relevant today in contemporary design. Discover your own unique style and take creative control exploring principles used in graphic design; contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment.



    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
  12. Art and critical theory: ways to think about art - vision and gaze
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on the topics of vision and gaze.



    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 £79.00
  13. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 2 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.



    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 £79.00

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