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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Seasonal wreath making course
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Put a twist on the classic Christmas wreath. Spend a fun day creating your own unique seasonal wreath to hang on your door during the festive period. Experiment with your choice of waste, found and / or natural materials to transform them into a beautiful and striking decorative wreath.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Aug 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. Painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  6. Screenprinting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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 silk screen prints using a variety of techniques.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  7. Developing photography skills
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Painting 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Try it out: basketry
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    Make a small basket using the interesting basketry technique of Plaiting which is used throughout the world.



    Be amazed by the potential of plaited basketry which will leave you wanting to learn more.



    This course is ideal for beginners, or students wishing to refresh basic bias plaited basketry techniques.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  10. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create multicolour or monochrome relief prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing relief prints to take home.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  11. Start bookbinding
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Discover the art of handmade books! Progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  12. Design and make your own graphic design zines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Beginners' bookbinding: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Explore the exciting world of craft bookbinding in this comprehensive introduction to the letterpress book. Learn about the tools and techniques required to bind a book with unique hand decorated papers.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  14. Ceramics: Earthenware, Saggar, Raku and Pit firing
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carina Ciscato, Brigit Connolly, Robert Cooper
    Exploring earthenware special affects using saggars, different clay slips, terra sigillata and burnishing using hand building and throwing processes. We will also be making up Raku glazes and clay bodies for use at the end of the course which will be the 31st March & 1st April, two days using Oxford University Kiln site, doing a range of firings : sawdust, pit firing and Raku.



    Learners must have some experience of making in clay.
    Full fee £1,299.00 Senior fee £1,039.00 Concession £844.00
  15. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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