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. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 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
  2. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  3. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a choice of limestone or wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  4. Pottery: a taster course in throwing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Josie Warshaw
    Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this five-day course.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  5. Printmaking and mixed-media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course introduces you to new ways of combining printmaking with creative thinking by using multiple printmaking techniques and processes, layering them to produce compositions that can be made into artworks to take away with you.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  6. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  7. Develop a textile sketchbook
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Explore colour, texture, pattern and composition in a working sketchbook using a variety of creative mixed media and design processes. Generate imagery from original sources, discover their potential and work toward developed textile designs.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
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  8. Life painting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  9. Screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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 £90.00
  10. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  11. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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
  12. Introduction to etching for jewellers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aurelie Dellasanta
    Learn how to etch images onto metal using resists and acid. This course will introduce you to the basic techniqes of etching and photo-etching and its application for jewellery.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  13. Learn to laser cut
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    A short introductory course in laser cutting, ideal for beginners or anyone wishing to add innovation to his or her own creative projects. You will learn simple software techniques using Adobe Illustrator to convert your design ideas into a variety of laser cut samples and small personal projects.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00

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