Art & design

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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. Drawing for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. Try it out: Blender
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at 3D animation this short intensive taster course will get you up and running with the basics of how to work with the free, powerful 3D Software application Blender, and put you on the path to creating your own polished CG Graphics and Animation.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, dip dyed papers, rubber stamps and Japanese marbling for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  5. Photography for beginners: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  7. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on courage to play
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Thomas Gosebruch
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. 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
  8. Collage and mixed media: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Steve Wright
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  10. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Michael Harding, Andrew McCarten, George Stickney, Pam Williams
    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.



    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive and professional portfolio of graphics work, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.



    Confirmed industry specialist guest visitor: Lydia Thornley, Designer, Creative Director and Reportage Illustrator.
    Full fee £1,349.00 Senior fee £1,079.00 Concession £944.00
  12. Screenprinting for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 4 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
  13. Painting 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  15. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Mar 2023 (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

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