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. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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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  2. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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
  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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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  4. Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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
  5. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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
  6. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  7. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. You will start with sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  8. Friday evening pottery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 13 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Suitable for students who want to learn basic design, handbuilding, decoration and glazing techniques or for students who want to refresh or develop existing ceramics skills. Everyone will be encouraged to explore and experiment with different skills and techniques in a friendly and supportive environment.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  9. Rush basketry
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    Using traditional techniques you will make a variety of baskets with this native plant. There will be the opportunity to try experimental work with rush and other materials. All levels are welcome.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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