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. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?



    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  4. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Calligraphy: gothic script weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    This weekend course will introduce you to the basic calligraphy skills that will enable you to develop beautiful writing. You will be able to try out the historic Gothic script either as a beginner, or as an improver looking to increase your portfolio of writing styles. All tools and materials included.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Life painting weekend: expressionist approaches
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Explore and develop a personal expressive response to life drawing and painting using a variety of techniques working from the life model. Explore mark-making, rich colour and dramatic contrast to explore and experiment with expressive and dynamic drawing and painting techniques, in response to examples of Expressionist artists styles and approaches.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how they can support new ways of seeing and stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Flush setting for jewellery makers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    For intermediate jewellers. Learn how to set round faceted stones in sheet metal and rings using the traditional flush setting technique. You will practice in copper, before moving on to work in silver. There will also be a chance to make your own flush setting tool.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  9. Adobe Premier Pro tips and tricks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    This course offers valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with Premiere Pro CC is essential.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Create a short film in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced introduction to film making.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Bookbinding weekend: notebooks and folders
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Learn to make single sheet folded books, a simple multi-section sewn book and a folded slipcase. This weekend



    course is an opportunity to make an exciting range of notebooks and folders and learn some useful bookbinding



    techniques. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Try it out: jewellery making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Michael Harding, Amanda Knight, Kim Scouller
    Develop your painting in greater depth on this new, advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,504.00
  14. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  15. Portrait painting: two session pose
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Develop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00

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