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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  2. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £219.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  3. Design tips for a Mediterranean garden
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Inspired by the informal gardens of the Mediterranean, this style of planting is low maintenance and drought tolerant. Discover how to achieve this relaxed look for your garden on this short, informed course.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Start a career in: event photography
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but now you have accomplished that, this is your next step.

    This online interactive course comprises a series of online lectures on the business of eventl photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of event photography. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and highly experienced professional practitioners who bring all their skills and experience to help launch or evolve your professional practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Exploring watercolour and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  7. Drawing 1
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  8. Drawing and mindfulness
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. This course offers a great foundation in how these two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from observation and the imagination.

    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 £115.00
  9. Start life drawing
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  10. Anatomical life and portrait drawing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  11. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.

    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  12. Introduction to Affinity photography editing software
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  13. Try it out: Adobe After Effects
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    On this short practical course you will not only learn the basics in animating and combining text and image but you will gain an understanding of how Adobe After Effects CC can improve your film and video and animation projects. This course links directs to ‘Adobe After Effects: introduction to film and video effects’ , code VG507.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  14. Life drawing and painting: experimental approaches to the figure
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore imaginative, dynamic approaches to drawing the figure with a variety of media: be inspired by new ways of seeing and access innovative ways of approaching your drawing.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  15. Interior design on a Sunday
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you have creative flair and would like to learn the skills necessary to design the interior of your home or make a step towards a new career, then this is the course for you.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00

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