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. Get skills in: paint mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  2. 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
  3. Watercolour painting: practice and culture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This ONLINE course presents fresh perspectives on the characteristics of watercolour; its qualities of intimacy, transience and portability are explored through stimulating practical projects and inspiring artist talks.



    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
  4. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  5. Photography for beginners: developing camera skills
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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.



    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
  6. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.



    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
  7. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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    94% of 100
  8. Adobe photoshop for photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    This practical studio course will introduce you to Adobe Photoshop's workspace, gaining essential skills and knoweldge in colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Set up and find your way around Photoshop's workspace to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.



    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
  9. Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Learn and experiment with a range of techniques that integrate vector and raster images and graphics used for illustration, packaging, info graphics and promotional materials.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
  10. Graphic design portfolio preparation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical module to build a graphic design portfolio. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio presentation.



    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
  11. Drawing: focus on contemporary techniques and approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.



    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
  12. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.



    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
  13. Introduction to illustrating natural history
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joanne Roberts
    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills in a variety of illustration techniques using different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.



    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. Life drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Introduction to visual storytelling
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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

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