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. Looking at photography: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results.



    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 £79.00 Concession £60.00
  2. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  3. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. The archive: resource and practice
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    The archive is an invaluable resource for artists and designers, without some version of which it is virtually impossible to engage in practice in any systematic way. Whether it takes the form of sketchbooks, photographs, found items and clippings, internet bookmarks, or any combination of these and other items, the archive is a tool for organising, examining and reflecting. In this professional practice module, we will look at how to create and access physical and online archives, and how to use them in both research and practice, creating and organising personal archives. Many artists use the archive as a form of art practice: we will examine this, and how it differs from other forms of archiving. We will look at multiple approaches to storing information, organising it for accessibility, and working with the tools and perspectives of the archivist or curator, as appropriate to one’s individual practice.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  5. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  7. Relief printmaking: large-scale techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Large scale printmaking enables expressive mark making. Use woodcut, linocut and collograph techniques to produce big, bold and multi-coloured, multi-layered prints for you to take home.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  8. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of mediums and materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including layering, impasto, glazing and application of paint mediums. Ideal for those new to painting in acrylics.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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
  10. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  11. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 6 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
  12. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  13. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  14. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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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  15. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on markmaking, play and ideas
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Thomas Gosebruch
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00

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