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. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 6 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
  2. Large-scale sketchbook
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  3. London street photography
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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
  4. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  5. Painting: colour mixing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  7. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Fri 5 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles: interiors, fashion, stationery or text.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
  8. Sketchbooks: from observation to abstraction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 5 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Using a sketchbook as an experimental place in which to explore ideas, take risks and reflect, you will embark on a 'visual journey' of transformational creative processes from observational drawing towards abstraction.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Printmaking into bookbinding
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 19 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    Explore the three dimensional possibilities of print. This course will encourage you to develop your initial ideas through experiments with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures to create an artist’s book. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  10. Children's book illustration: portfolio projects and preparation
    Course start date:  Fri 26 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    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 £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00

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