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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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. Art on show: five artists, five London exhibitions for 2021
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the lives and work of five leading modern and contemporary artists whose work will feature in major solo exhibitions London in summer and autumn 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Get skills in: oil pastel techniques
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create oil-like surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  3. Children's book illustration: image, text and writing workshop
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Bring your stories to life and bring text and image togther in this children's book workshop that will support you with the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. Learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, with a specific focus on the relationship between illustration and text. Arrive with your characters and ideas in hand or learn how to develop character sketches and start the process of sample illustrations working towards a final story.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  4. Experimental printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy this fun workshop introduction, exploring both linocutting and etching. Experiment with a range of methods (chine colle, stencils and rainbow rolls) to develop exciting imagery.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  5. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  6. Get skills in: charcoal drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Start painting
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Personal printmaking projects: studio access
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £95.00 Concession £73.00
  9. Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  10. A short introduction to Rhino
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is designed to introduce Rhino software as a tool for designing for 3D Printing, taking you through the basic commands, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate 3D prints.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  11. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course Date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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 £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages
    Course Date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Heaven and Hell, as dwelling places for the dead were common images in Christian medieval art. Purgatory was a possible destination for the soul before reaching either Hell or Heaven. Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent at this time? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  13. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  14. Feminism in modern and contemporary art
    Course Date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Start painting landscapes
    Course Date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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