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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Drawing and painting portraits: developing approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken, Roy Butler, Peter Hall, Francis Keith Hillier, Dominic Spillane, Maria Valente Rodriquez Morris
    This course introduces traditional historic approaches to drawing portraits from observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous drawing experience an advantage.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Contemporary collage projects 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    A year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. THE PROJECTS ARE DESIGNED SO THAT STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE ALL THREE COURSES OVER THE YEAR OR COME IN AT ANY STAGE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  4. Experimental animation
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your personal vision and fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of hands on stop motion and digital techniques.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00
  5. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Harding
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.



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    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  7. Mixed media and drawing projects 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Mixed Media and drawing projects 2 is the secondary and concluding part of this exciting mixed media course, however you are able to enrol onto either or both if possible. This course will continue to introduce you to a wide range of different projects and build upon those developing ideas with continued access to working within observational and life drawing, collage, mono-printing, 3 dimensional constructions and painting. This course will end with you having an exciting portfolio of personal, creative work.







    Please note that if you are a progressing student from mixed media and drawing projects 1 (VB640A) you will have the opportunity to continue developing your ideas in greater depth alongside being introduced to new projects.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  8. Drawing 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  9. Artists sketchbook: contemporary practice
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  10. Introduction to Japanese woodcut techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  11. SketchUp Pro stage 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  12. Developing illustration techniques
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    This course will expand your illustration skills. You will experiment with a variety of different projects and work towards finding your own unique voice. There will be an exploration into a wide range of different media, materials, process and techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
  13. Watercolour painting studio: life painting
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    This course will give you all the basic techniques needed to start painting from the life model using watercolour with its wonderful qualities of light and fluidity.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Illustrator for textile design I
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.



    When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud



    Please read the full course details below.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Introduction to Pattern Cutting I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a design. Expand your knowledge as you learn how to draft a classic block, manipulating patterns and understanding garment fitting and shape.This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some experience in Clothes making and would like to try pattern making.



    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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