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. Life drawing into life painting
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  2. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn how to visualise your 2D and 3D design ideas using the professional application Vectorworks. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modelling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  3. Textiles: frame loom weaving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Would you like to learn how to create inspiring and beautiful hand woven artworks? Join this exciting 4-week course to explore a range of creative approaches to frame loom weaving.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  4. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 5 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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  5. Learn digital video editing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 6 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
  8. Watercolour painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    An 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. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  9. 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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  10. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 4 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
  12. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  13. Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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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  14. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022 (and 6 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. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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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