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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Experimental filmmaking: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    On this fast track practical experimental film making course you will be encouraged to push boundaries exploring experimental digital film making. Explore ideas, develop skills and create your own personal project using professional equipment and software. Invaluable for film makers and artists who wish to enhance their moving image practice.explore visual and conceptual ideas,.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  2. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    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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  3. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    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
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  4. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023 (and 4 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
  5. Drawing 2
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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
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  6. Paper marbling
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    The paper marbling course takes you on a journey from the beautiful and abstract art of Japanese sumi-nagashi through the silk route to traditional 19th century paper marbling in Europe.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  7. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Andrew Revell, Ro Sylvester, Shelley Wilson
    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  8. Life drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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
  10. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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