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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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. How to paint: working from life and imagination
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  2. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Course Date:  Mon 22 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  3. Handmade printmaking: printing without a press
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Make a Kimono
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this upper intermediate sewing class and learn how to cut and make a unisex fashion version of this classic Japanese garment. You will carry out basic pattern amendments and leave with a completed kimono jacket- different length options available.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Get skills in: aquatint and mezzotint
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This intensive printmaking workhsop offers an opportunity to use the specialist techniques and processes associated with aquatint and mezzotint printing. Gain and insight into how these sit within the creative practice of print and work alongside other students as well as an artist/printmaker who will lead the workshop. For intermediate students only.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  6. Explore your creativity
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
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  7. Introduction to screenprinting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  8. Start drawing
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start drawing and learn 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Start photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and create a high quality print to take away with you.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Start watercolour painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  11. Start painting
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting using acrylic paints. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ever wondered what's going on in the mind of contemporary artists? This course explores the ideas and historical background behind some of today’s most intriguing works, from Conceptualism and Video to Body Art and Installation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Get skills in: colour mixing for skin tone painting
    Course Date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  15. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course Date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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