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. DSLR for video: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  2. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Painting: colour mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Painting landscapes
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Screenprinting for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Black and white digital photography
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Leigh Lewis
    Shape, form, pattern and texture take on added significance in black-and-white photography. Without colour to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. Discover these elements and the basic rules of black and white photography.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (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
  10. Life drawing and mindfulness
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of life drawing.



    Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and



    appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation of the life model.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  11. Textiles: frame loom weaving
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Learn the basics of handweaving on a frame loom. Explore traditional rug making techniques to create raised surface decoration and handweaving in plain weave pattern. Create a series of samples, and design and create your own contemporary weave combining techniques.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  12. London street photography
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  13. 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
  14. Creative photography: drawing with light
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    Boost your creativity and explore different approaches to digital photography. Put new ideas to practice by responding to creative briefs. Participate in group discussion, share your images and get feedback in an encouraging group environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  15. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Gain skills in the versatile, immediate printmaking process of monotype, learn how to create exciting images by hand with the use of a printing press.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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