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. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Drawing and mindfulness: exploring imagination
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing, mindfulness and the imagination and how mindfulness can support imaginative engagement in drawing. Through a variety of guided drawing exercises investigate a range of playful and imaginative drawing exercises to stimulate and inspire your imagination. A practical drawing course, inspired by the world around us and the imagination.







    Suitable for those with experience in drawing or mindfulness who wish to re-fresh their practice and stimulate new directions as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  4. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  5. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  6. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  7. Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  8. Introduction to carving in wood
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you're experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  9. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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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