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. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Fri 27 May 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  3. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn and develop calligraphy skills on this beginners and improvers course. You will practice with a range of pens and papers, and create a finished example using a favourite quotation. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right-handers.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  4. Interior design: perspective drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    You will learn to transfer scale drawings into perspective views, how to read simple interior design plan and elevation drawings. This course is beginner’s level, perfect for interior and theatre design, sculpture and model making.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Personal printmaking projects: studio workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  8. Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt from start to finish.You will use a range of construction and embellishment techniques.The emphasis for design is on Circles, Curves and Applique with cotton fabrics to create a personalised quilt.Suitable for beginners. This course is also suitable for supporting or extending other textile related courses, and would also have an application to students with an interest in interior furnishings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  9. Start contemporary collage
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    Explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this experimental beginners workshop.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  12. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  13. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  15. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christine Robertson
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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