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.

Some 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. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  2. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  4. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through the history of art and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  5. Get skills in : Mokulito printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Mokulito or wood lithography uses plywood as a printing matrix to draw with inks, sharpies and lithographic crayons and create images that will print as small editions.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  6. Life drawing and painting: experimental approaches to the figure
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    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.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  7. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Experimental filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  9. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design textile ideas for interiors, fashion, stationery or text.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. Textiles: waxed surfaces
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  13. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  14. Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign experience.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  15. Paper marbling
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    The paper marbling course takes you on a journey from the beautiful and abstract art of Japanese sumi-nagashi through the silk route to traditional 19th century paper marbling in Europe.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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