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. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  2. 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
    Explore a range of imaginative and traditional approaches to drawing the human figure and how mindfulness in the context of drawing can inspire new ways of seeing and responding to you materials and subject matter.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  4. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023 (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
  5. Textiles: frame loom weaving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Would you like to learn how to create inspiring and beautiful hand woven artworks? Join this exciting 4-week course to explore a range of creative approaches to frame loom weaving.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  6. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    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 Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
    Rating:
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  7. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    The ‘low-tech’ nature of monoprinting makes it one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. Combined with stencils and simple relief printing this will be an exciting and enjoyable course to develop and inform your current art practice or, as a starting point for complete beginners.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  9. Painting for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting using acrylic paints. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  10. Fine art photography: digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  11. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  12. Visible stitches, spectacular spines: experiments in exposed sewing
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Explore the creative possibilities of visible sewing in bookbinding through structure and materials. Experiment with wrapping, folding and piercing to produce a set of books where the spine is the star!
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  13. Portrait painting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 31 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Paint a portrait from life in a day. Learn quick painting methods, how to construct a painting and how to render skin tones and light and shade to make a convincing likeness.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00

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