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.

Some 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. Colour theory for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    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
  5. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 10 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
  6. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  7. Photography studio lighting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Drawing into painting
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  9. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  10. Painting for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    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
  11. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  12. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    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
  13. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (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. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00

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