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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  2. Learn digital video editing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Interested in editing your own videos? You may have heard of Premiere Pro or Final Cut. DaVinci Resolve is free and arguably better then both. Come and learn how to use it. Hollywood already does.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Saturday painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental approaches to painting. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  4. Sculpture: portraits in wax
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material by creating a wax portrait bust from observing a life model. This intensive course is perfect for both beginners and those with experience. Learn basic anatomy, how to make armatures and wax modelling techniques. You will be guided through this course by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  5. Mosaics introductory
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete to complete your own Mosaic. Please bring ideas, basic materials are provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  6. Narrative stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Narrative stop motion animation is the most popular form on social media. Engage in an exciting exploration of storytelling using a range of animation techniques and genres. See your drawings and models come to life and create a series of exciting animated sequences to enhance your social media posts or your professional show reel.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  7. Modern copperplate calligraphy for improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi, Veiko Kespersaks
    Expand your knowledge of decorative handwriting with a flexible pointed nib, penholder, and ink. If you have previously learned the basics of traditional copperplate calligraphy but would like to understand more about the script, then this is the course for you. Suitable for both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  8. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  9. Pottery on Saturdays
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gabrielle Murphy
    Learn lots of different ways of making pottery, from handbuilding to throwing. Look at a variety of different ways to decorate your work. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
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  10. Beginners photography
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A thorough, step-by-step introduction to Adobe InDesign and Photoshop – programs widely used in the creative industries. Learn and integrate the basics of Adobe’s flagship publishing and image editing programs. Explore a range of techniques that combine page layout and design with pixel based photographic images.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £279.00
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  12. Narrative filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn to produce your own short fiction film, from storyboards and pre-production to shooting and editing. Explore how to construct an exciting narrative, experiment with different shots and camera movements, and get to grips with recording and editing technology, producing your own professional-looking short movie.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Andrew Revell, Ro Sylvester, Shelley Wilson
    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  14. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  15. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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