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
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (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. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 5 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'll 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
  3. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  4. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Get inspired by trying carving techniques in wood or stone and create your own small carving. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead



    you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  5. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 4 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 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. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 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
  7. 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
  8. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  9. 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
  10. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  11. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  12. City Lit contemporary collage projects 1
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 1 initiates a yearlong set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work 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. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
  13. Calligraphy evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    Learn the basics of calligraphy while studying italic hand. Learn how to form lowercase and capital letters and experiment with layouts to produce a finished piece. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects.The course is suitable for beginners, but improvers with a special interest in italic are welcome.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  14. Drawing and mindfulness
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  15. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00

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