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. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    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
  2. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Jan 2023 (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
  3. Drawing into painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing and painting and learn skills to gain confidence and understanding. Investigate key drawing concepts such as line, tone, form, mark making, composition and how to organise a palette, mix colours and use a range of painting techniques. A practical course for beginners.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  7. 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
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  8. Introduction to sculpting with wax
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material, by melting, joining, cutting, filing, manipulating and moulding it, to create a small wax relief sculpture. This course is perfect for both beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. You will be guided through the sculptural techniques by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.







    Your finished green wax relief sculpture can be kept, or you can join one of our mould making and casting courses to transform your sculpture into another material, for example bronze, pewter or Jesmonite. Please see the course outline below for more details.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Be part of the vibrant underground comic movement and learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Develop ideas and work that could kick start your own graphic novel project.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  10. Painting: colour mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Painting landscapes
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. Screenprinting for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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 silk screen prints using a variety of techniques.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  13. Painting 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
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  14. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  15. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mona Hadinejad, Emilia Netto
    Discover metal jewellery making techniques to create a piece of jewellery. You will be introduced to the basic



    processes of forging, texturing, soldering and cutting out shapes in metal. You will learn how to create a ring to the



    correct finger size.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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