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. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  2. 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
  3. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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 printmaking techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  4. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 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 a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Ceramics: architectural slab construction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lauren Ilsley
    This course involves constructing sculpture from slabs of clay. Develop analytical and making skills to building subtle, minimalist or bold complex ceramic structures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  6. 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
  7. Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media, ideas and projects
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Contemporary mixed media sketchbook explores the possibilities of working with personal themes and stories that are part of your life and examines how you could develop them in greater depth, through expressive visual techniques.







    Inspired by personal passions, family history, as well as ongoing ideas, you will work with different materials and techniques that will enable you to explore these ideas further, in many directions, whilst bringing a diversity and richness to your sketchbooks.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  8. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    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
  9. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  10. Painting 2
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  11. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    Children’s book illustration: developing personal projects will support you in both the research, development and production of your own children’s book project. Develop your own style, working with a variety of media and exploring design and layout possibilities. Image - Harriet Lynas.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  12. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  13. Hand marbled paper
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  14. 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
  15. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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    100% of 100

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