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. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.

    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
  2. Ways into abstract drawing
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn & cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on animating characters.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  4. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.

    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
  5. Beginners guide to cartooning
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enter the world of cartoons and bring your ideas to life working through a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist and tutor. You will learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and even create your own comic strip story. Suitable for beginners wishing to study cartooning and for those who have already made tentative steps toward becoming a comic strip artist.

    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
  6. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.

    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £250.00
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  7. Art history taster
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  8. Exploring watercolour and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  9. City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples, a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
  10. Children's book illustration: advanced practice
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £243.00
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  11. Textiles: natural dyeing with bio-materials and kitchen waste
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore plant materials that are in your locality as a sustainable and safe method of dyeing fabric at home. Use bio-waste from kitchen peelings and leaves, or environmentally foraged plants, to produce colour-rich textiles.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Art in South and Central America
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the art of South America from the great indigenous empires through the impact of colonialism and the cultural revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Discover moving image at City Lit: What moves you?
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Film maker and animator Litza Jansz introduces you to the world of film making at City Lit. Explore the different genres and approaches to film making and animation and find out which kind of film making moves you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  14. Develop your filmmaking
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Looking for an opportunity to build on your previous film making and editing experiences? Want to develop your learning further, develop your experience and projects or simply have some further guidance? Then this class is for you.

    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 £419.00 Senior fee £335.00 Concession £210.00
  15. Digital skills for artists and designers 02
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This course builds on the content covered in Digital skills for artists and designers 01 or for those looking to extend their digital skills as an aspiring artist and designer who wants to ensure they can use the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. We will go into a more in-depth examination and exploration of the various filters and techniques within the Adobe CC systems, and show you how to get the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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

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