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. Try it out: sculpture
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Sculpting in relief and 3D is a lovely way to express your ideas and expand on your creative skills. This course is ideal for beginners to sculpting, giving a taster of several techniques. However, if you have experience in one material and would like to find out more, this course could also be for you. We will cover a range of materials and you will find out how different techniques have developed through time. This short taster course will be good preparation for any of our specialised sculpting courses.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  2. How to draw: step by step drawing portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.



    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
  3. Design and make your own graphic design zines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Drawing: old master techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  7. Screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  8. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    The ‘low-tech’ nature of monoprinting makes it one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. Combined with stencils and simple relief printing this will be an exciting and enjoyable course to develop and inform your current art practice or, as a starting point for complete beginners.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Screenprinting for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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 silk screen prints using a variety of techniques.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  10. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create multicolour or monochrome relief prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing relief prints to take home.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  13. Watercolour painting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Drypoint and intaglio printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Drypoint is a way of creating grooves in a solid surface, it produces a rich unique type of drawn line, from which you will make prints using intaglio inking methods, This workshop offers the opportunity to use specialist techniques and tools and gain insight into how these sit within the creative practice of artists using drypoint. For all levels, although some experience of drawing is preferable.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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