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. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    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
  2. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings.Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles:interiors, fashion,stationery or text.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  4. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  5. Introduction to visual storytelling
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This introduction to visual storytelling is designed to kick start those creative ideas in writing and/or illustrating your very own artwork and picture books. This course will provide you with an opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas ni various directions.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Life drawing and painting
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  7. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Street photography: London location
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  11. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  12. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  13. Motion graphics with Adobe After Effects
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Are you a designer or film maker that would like to develop skills in motion design? On this fast paced course online course you will learn to use Adobe After Effects to create engaging animated graphics and titles.



    Enhance and transform your video projects and develop key skills for professional or personal work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  14. Essential photography skills: event photography
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Transform your photography into a real income stream by learning the secrets of the fast-growing event photography trade. The art of capturing event guests at large functions and persuading them to buy the prints on-site is a lucrative one. Discover the basics of what you'll need to know, from the photographic technique to the business skills involved.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    Revise and develop your processes, techniques and skills in After Effects to produce more professional animation projects. Learn to manage your workflow professionally and create engaging characters and objects moving and interacting in 2D and 3D environments.



    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 £121.00

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