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. Explore children's book illustration
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short practical course is an opportunity to try out illustration and find out which illustration courses would best suit your needs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basic processes and techniques for working in metal so that you can make simple items of jewellery. For beginners or students with some experience as a refresher.

    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
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  3. Ways into abstract drawing
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    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
  5. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.

    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 £75.00
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  6. Print projects
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    These tutor led workshops are designed to offer a more flexible way to learn using the facilities of the print- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent 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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  7. Artist talk: Clare Barton-Harvey - Drawing breaths: the art of mindfulness & drawing
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Clare Barton-Harvey is a full-time artist, tutor and freelance teacher/trainer living and working in London. Drawing is an essential component in her work as are mindfulness & meditation which she has integrated into her art practice for over 26 years. In this talk, Clare will share her experience and research as an artist, tutor & mentor, into how mindfulness can support greater inner resourcefulness and enrichment, whatever level of experience you have. For beginners to drawing it can help you to get started, and for those with more experience, mindfulness can support greater resilience in your practice, allowing for more sustained engagement in your work. This talk offers a great introduction to mindfulness and an overview of some of the benefits of applying it to creative practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  8. Try it out: watercolour painting
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    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. Suitable for absolute beginners. 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Friday lates: the art of zines
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Underground passions and radical imagery have defined so-called fanzines for over 80 years. From the earliest examples to today, we explore their content, technique and the relation of DIY culture to wider artistic practices.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Adobe Photoshop for photography: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Fluent in Photoshop but want to advance your skills further? Explore some of Photoshop's more sophisticated techniques, essential for professional and aspiring photographers. Increasing your ability to edit and enhance images and experiment with more complex techniques, for confident, impressive results.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  11. City Lit children's book illustration: part 3
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the third of this three-stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.

    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 £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  12. Portraits 1
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Portraits 1 is the Ideal course for complete beginners or those looking to return to the subject of protraiture. Working with a range of sitters, you will learn the core principles and approaches to drawing portraits and will also start to work with paint. Delivered through step-by-step practical exercises, you will experience the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  13. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 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.

    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. Drawing 1 (online)
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £180.00
  15. The power and influence of German art: from early medieval to early modern
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the art of Germany from medieval to modern and the variety of artists came be a major influence not just on Northern art but also the Italian Renaissance and ultimately all of European art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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