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. Portrait painting: two session pose
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Dec 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    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
  2. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jul 2023 (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
  3. Create a short film in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced introduction to film making.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Introduction to precious metal clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of jewellery.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Landscape painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  6. Try it out: jewellery making in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Aug 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Noon Mitchelhill
    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 £149.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Try it out: jewellery making weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023

    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 £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Collagraph printmaking for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Make and print a collagraph exploiting texture and colour using readily available and simple materials with a low environmental impact. The handmade matrix is deceptively simple to construct, the printed results often richer and more detailed than expected when run through the press. All welcome.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Jewellery and product photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    Need to photograph jewellery for your website or leaflets? Discover how to get the most effective images with even the most simple digital camera. Learn how to shoot macro, photograph against backgrounds, use light and contrast, and prepare images for web and print, bringing a real touch of professionalism to your promotional materials.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Lithography: photographic techniques and processes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Photo-plate lithography uses light sensitive aluminium plates as a printing matrix for photographic, text or hand drawn images. This versatile process allows you to collage and overprint these elements to create original works in small editions.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Bookbinding weekend: notebooks and folders
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jul 2023

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  13. Try it out: calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jul 2023

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  14. Printmaking and mixed-media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course introduces you to new ways of combining printmaking with creative thinking by using multiple printmaking techniques and processes, layering them to produce compositions that can be made into artworks to take away with you.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  15. Flush setting for jewellery makers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    For intermediate jewellers. Learn how to set round brilliant cut/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 £149.00 Concession £149.00
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