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. Stretching and priming a canvas
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  2. Hand knitting for improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    Take your knitting beyond simple stocking stitch, adding colour and texture by playing with stitches, stripes and learning techniques such as lace and Aran knitting.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  3. Jewellery: Keum Boo workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rae Duncan
    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Screenprinting: developing techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  5. Garden design: balcony and roof gardens
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Learn how to turn your balcony and roof into a beautiful garden sanctuary and find out how to deal with the challenges and opportunities these spaces afford.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00

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