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, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    This introduction to watercolour painting course is aimed at those students who would like to learn the basic techniques for this versatile medium.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  2. Textiles: frame loom weaving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Learn the basics of handweaving on a frame loom. Explore traditional rug making techniques to create raised surface decoration and handweaving in plain weave pattern. Create a series of samples, and design and create your own contemporary weave combining techniques.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Learn digital video editing
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 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. Please note: the Da Vinci Resolve software needs to be downloaded and tested before the first class.



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    The software is not suitable for use with a phone, tablet, iPad and some older computers.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. Learn to print digital textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Learn how you can develop and print digitally printed textile designs on this introductory course. This course is taught in our digital lab at City Lit. Please note that use macs and adobe creative software on this course. Some experience in using IOS and Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop will be beneficial for this course.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
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  12. 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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  13. Screenprinting in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 2 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
  14. Narrative filmmaking
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Telling a story on film comes with its own challenges. This practical course demystifies what it takes to do this successfully.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  15. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

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