Art & design

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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. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Improve and speed up your editing, learn to use all trimming and motion tools properly. Explore building a better narrative structure and find out about essentials like screen-directionality and POV constructions.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  3. Drawing and mindfulness
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  4. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  5. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Hanson
    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching



    materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All



    abilities welcome.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  6. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  7. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  8. Screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and digital print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Explore drawing and printing in the studio, before digitising and manipulating your designs using Photoshop. Suitable for students with a creative background. Photoshop experience would be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  10. Oil painting: focus on portraiture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  11. Life drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  12. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 May 2023

    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 £129.00
  13. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  14. Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dawn Dupree
    Experiment with a range of heat transfer processes and hand painting methods. Develop initial ideas through mark-making and collage. Create fabrics or art works using a personal colour palette and embellish surface through foil print and simple stitch marks.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  15. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

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