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. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    An exciting, fast paced, one-day crash-course in screenprinting. Working with your choice of photographic image, in combination with layers of vibrant colours and learning the basics of screenprinting by making prints to take away with you.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  3. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Explore the world of children’s book illustration and discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. Find out about progression courses to support your next steps.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  6. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    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
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  7. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  8. 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
  9. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and other fabrics. Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques, including how to put your own designs onto screens, correct inks and printing methods and how to clean and prepare screens.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  10. Portrait painting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Paint a portrait from life in a day. Learn quick painting methods, how to construct a painting and how to render skin tones and light and shade to make a convincing likeness.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00

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