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. Make a laser cut piece of jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This is a short introductory course to laser cutting and its potential for various practical outcomes. We will use Adobe Illustrator on iMacs to create or customise a simple template, which you will then send to cut on our Speedy 300 laser cutter and leave with a pendant to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. 50 drawings in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  3. Screenprinting in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Introduction to diamonds
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  6. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, dip dyed papers, rubber stamps and Japanese marbling for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  7. Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to different dye types, methods of applying dye and a range of creative techniques such as resist, crackle and speckling, to use on bookbinding and other leather projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Sketchbooks for jewellers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Are you a jewellery maker who can’t find the time to work on your designs? Join us on this one-day class and follow a step-by-step project brief to draw and develop a unique jewellery design or small collection.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Repair your jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Have you got a favourite silver necklace that needs repairing? A sentimental pair of silver ring or pair of earrings that have a few too many scratches and/or lost a stone? Why not learn to repair them yourself rather than handing them over to someone else? Pick up some of the skills needed for jewellery repair and maintenance on this popular course, mending damaged items and learning how to best clean jewellery to extend the life of your favourite pieces. Please note this course is aimed at repairing jewellery made of precious metals. This course does not cover re-stringing, knotting or beading.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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