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.

Some 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 printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a body of work in preparation for professional commissions.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  5. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and



    stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to



    personalise your work.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  6. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. Whether you work in print or digital media, in our introductory Adobe InDesign course you’ll learn to use the industry-leading page design and layout app that lets you create, pre-flight, and publish beautiful documents.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  8. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  9. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Learn and develop a range of essential jewellery making techniques and processes for creating metal jewellery. This course is designed for beginners who would like to gain fundamental skills like sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, texturing, forging and soldering. Explore these techniques in set projects and use them to design and make your own pieces.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  10. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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 £253.00
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  12. Pottery: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brigit Connolly
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We'll also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  13. Carving in wood
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will learn how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  14. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  15. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

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