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.

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. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  2. Drawing 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  3. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  4. Contemporary painting studio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison, Amanda Knight, Lucinda Oestreicher
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £565.00
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    87% of 100
  5. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  7. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on creative layers
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This course is a chance to develop personal artwork, using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Experiment and embrace the possibilities within combined layers and surface textures. Processes covered include monotype, screen-printing and etching/intaglio. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00
  8. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you are 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.
    Full fee £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  9. Graphic design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  10. Introduction to drawing cartoons
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    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.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  11. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  12. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  13. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  14. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Drawing 2
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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