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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Drawing 3: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023 (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
  4. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  5. Life painting: an experimental approach
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to painting the figure using a variety of approaches: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your life painting.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Painting: colour mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    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
  7. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones, Andrea Voisey
    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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  8. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 4 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. Colour theory for artists and designers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  10. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jul 2023 (and 3 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
  11. Sketching at the museum: Tate Britain
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic artworks at Tate Britain.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  12. Watercolour painting: artists and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches to mixing and working with your palette of watercolours. You will also explore textural mark making and how to use colour in your work to showcase details. Build confidence in mixing colours, understanding how to work with a lmited palette and create beautiful watercolour work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  13. Digital drawn animation with Animate CC
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    This beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on creating engaging character animations.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  14. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  15. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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