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.

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  1. Jewellery: 10 projects for beginners
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our 10 week long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basic skills including soldering, annealing, texturing metal and have an introduction to the more advanced techniques of chain making and making brooches. Develop a diverse portfolio, make beautiful pieces and learn to present and discuss your work.

    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 £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £225.00
  2. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to metal jewellery making and introduce texture to your work? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students,come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you arre picking up the basics of cutting,forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like granulation, stone setting, etching, patination and oxidation.

    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 £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  3. Explore children's book illustration
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short practical course is an opportunity to try out illustration and find out which illustration courses would best suit your needs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Artist talk: Mario Lautier Vella - Looking both ways
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this illustrated talk, Mario will talk about some of his work and the ideas and themes that shape his practice - from ideas around looking and being looked at, cinema to surveillance, public personas to private lives, dressing up to stripping down.To we are introducing a series of free talks lead by the tutors themselves where they discuss their unique art practice including what inspires and motivates them and how they make their work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Introduction to screenprinting
    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  6. Book arts: bindings in acrylic, acetate and plastic
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Try something new by working with a range of materials not commonly associated with bookbinding. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  7. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  8. Portraits 1
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Portraits 1 is the Ideal course for complete beginners or those looking to return to the subject of protraiture. Working with a range of sitters, you will learn the core principles and approaches to drawing portraits and will also start to work with paint. Delivered through step-by-step practical exercises, you will experience the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  9. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A contemporary watercolour course focussing on the urban environment through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  10. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  11. Watercolour: artists and techniques
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course will investigate different approaches to working with watercolour, exploring a variety of styles and techniques, informed by the work of particular artists, enabling you to develop a range of painting applications.

    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 £65.00
  12. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Try it out: photography
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and create a high quality print to take away with you.

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  14. Looking at artists: focus on lithography
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this short course you will look at how and why artists make use of the printmaking technique of Lithography. The tutor will guide you through what lithography is, how it developed historically from its invention by Senefelder, looking at artists such as Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard and Picasso and its revival by artists such as Robert Motherwell and how it is still relevant for contemporary artists such as George Shaw and Diane Victor. There is no practical element to this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  15. Appliqué for beginners
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Experiment with creative appliqué and stitch techniques in this beginners surface course. Develop knowledge and skills extending ideas with layering techniques for fashion, art or interior applications. Work to a brief or explore personal themes and concepts to develop your creative practice or project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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