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. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  2. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  3. Colour theory for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Rhino intermediate
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Learn more advanced Rhino commands and how to apply these to create more complex 3D models with an emphasis on connections and interlocking parts. Send your file to be 3D printed and leave with a 3D print of your own design. All materials included.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Reflecting on practice
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    “What is your work about?” is a question many artists struggle to answer easily. The cycle of activity and reflection is a fundamental principle of creative practice, in which, as part of any attempt to address this question in any meaningful way, it is valuable to develop a paradigm for articulating one’s motivations, interests, processes and practices. Examining and analysing these points supports the creative practitioner in defining their areas of concern, and leads to deeper understanding, which is helpful in articulating a position to explain, support or contextualise one’s practice, or to define specific research questions. That said, there is perhaps something of a paradox inherent in articulating visual thoughts in words. This professional practice module is designed to support artists in identifying where and how to begin articulating concepts, defining appropriate contextual frameworks, and identifying suitable comparators. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to define your interest and identify further appropriate research into specific themes, questions and areas of interest, culture or knowledge – all in order better to understand and explain what you do, and why.



    For this workshop, please prepare to show a piece of work from your own practice that you consider to be unsuccessful, or alternatively a piece of work (in any creative medium) that you do not like, or do not understand.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  7. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  8. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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

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