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. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Wendy Chandler
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £619.00 Senior fee £495.00 Concession £402.00
  2. Introduction to painting still-life
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Learn the essentials of Still-life painting from paint handling and colour theory to composition.



    Dedicate some time to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition around a still-life and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application. For absolute beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Try it out: bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive book to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  5. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  7. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discourse. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation via group crits, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, collaborative work and discussion and debate. This course will be delivered onsite.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00
  8. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    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. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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