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 and painting landscapes
    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
  2. Try it out: calligraphy weekend
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Fancy having a go at this beautiful art form? This short weekend course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of lettering and calligraphy. Focussing on broad edged script, you will use different pens and nibs, and leave having completed your own sample.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
    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. Try it out: jewellery making weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aurelie Dellasanta
    Aimed at beginners or those wanting a refresher. Join this action packed weekend to make a pendant and silver ring. Implementing fundamental jewellery making techniques, you will gain the basic skills you need to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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    93% of 100
  7. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    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
  8. 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
  9. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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
  10. 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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  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. 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

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