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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Basketry: cordage, simple looping and netting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    In this basketry related course you will learn how to make cordage suitable for looping and netting in a wide range of materials.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  3. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. SketchUp Pro for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition and complement to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  5. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    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
  6. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  7. Introduction to jewellery making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Ilett
    Introduction to metal jewellery making techniques such as forging, texturing and soldering, cutting out shapes in sheet metal and twisting wire. You will explore how to create a ring to the correct finger size and how to add decoration like a stone or a kinetic element. You will create at least one wearable piece of jewellery on this course.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  8. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Does every creative act have meaning? Is there a statement – conscious or unconscious – inherent in everything we do as artists? Should we interpret or analyse what we see, what we do, what we’ve done? In this one-day workshop, we will examine a range of specific works, considering the question of whether and how meaning has been embedded (intentionally or otherwise) and can be identified and interpreted. This will, to some degree, touch on how individuals and societies make and ascribe meaning, perhaps as an attempt to process and come to terms with, for example, otherwise seemingly arbitrary events like a natural catastrophe or suffering. We will discuss and workshop these themes in the larger group, draw on examples presented, and the experiences of the members in the group. Other questions that may be considered include: discerning meaning as an attempt to find order in chaos, and whether or what we might lose by attempting to impose meaning, by attempting to explain within the confines of critical analysis, that which may, in fact, be critical to the character or intention of a work of art.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  11. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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    98% of 100
  12. Vectorworks for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 19 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    On this fast paced course learn how to create engaging digital 2D and 3D images of your design ideas using the professional application Vectorworks. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modeling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Textiles: indigo shibori dyeing
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Produce your own indigo hand dyed fabrics using pleating, stitch and wrapping methods. Explore the magical combination of indigo dye and shibori resist techniques.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  14. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  15. Digital fundamentals: imaging for print and 2D
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    As artists and designers, we generally tend to observe a number of fundamental 'rules' when working with digital media for print-based or other forms of 2D output. These relate to steps or settings for proceses such as scanning, saving, resolution, image or data format, colour modes, compression... To a certain extent, much of this is received knowledge, and we don't necessarily know why we follow these rules. Knowing what they are based on, and why, is, however, fundamental to technical proficiency, and expertise, and knowing what these principles are based on allows us not only to produce work to professional standard, but also to exploit them to their full creative potential. This workshop will be of value to any visual artist who uses digital technology in their creative practice, from painters and printmakers to photographers and graphic designers. Coverage includes: principles and concepts underpinning digital imaging for print/static delivery: pixel/vector; resolution, scalability, application; acquisition, modes, formats and real-world constraints; file sizes/compression/data integrity; relation to physical output (size, resolution, process).
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

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