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. Velazquez, painter to the King
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Drawing and mindfulness
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 27 Jun 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. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  3. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  4. Artist talk: Rod Judkins - How do you display your art work to show it at its best
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Great art can look awful if poorly presented. Rod Judkins will explain the process of creating a portfolio for either fine art or design to show your work at its best. The slide talk will provide examples from outstanding portfolios of City Lit students who have applied to foundation courses, degree courses, and MA’s.



    The talk will explain the ideal content needed in a portfolio, such as research, the need for a personal portfolio where you show you are developing your visual language, and presentation skills. In addition, the talk will explain the preparation of both physical and online portfolios.



    This talk will give you an insight into City Lit courses such as Building an Art and Design Portfolio and Art and Design Portfolio Projects. Why not show your work to its best potential!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Artist talk: Lindsay Pickett - Feeling 'Othered'
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lindsay Pickett’s work explores the theme of hybridity, entangling the socio-political issues relating to genetic experimentation with animals and a world of sci-fi fantasy. Half-and-half species become alienated or classified as different to an accompanying herd of animals. Alongside his concerns around animal experimentation, the artist embraces and communicates aspects of the psychological mind-set of these hybrid animals, relating them to ideas of social rejection and absence where being different can cause alienation in the animal and human world.



    For Pickett, painting is a form of self-expression, allowing him to be himself not just as an artist, but also as a person. It gives him a voice to convey current concerns about the behaviour of elements of humanity.



    Often feeling 'othered' in social and work circumstances, Lindsay has found a voice through his animal hybrids which work as a metaphor for his way of 'not belonging'. Otherness is the key here. it should not always be seen as a negative thing, but as something positive and unique.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  7. Artist talk: Charles Chambers - The unbuilt and the unbuildable: a history of the schemes that got away
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Piranesi’s renderings of darkly foreboding and fictitious prisons, Boulleé’s gargantuan proposal for Newton’s cenotaph to Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ and Zaha Hadid’s unrealisable dreams; the history of architecture is littered with unbuildable fantasies and the also-rans of architectural competitions. Join Charles Chambers, lecturer in Architectural History and Theory for a stroll through the might-have-beens of an alternative cityscape.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  8. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most innovative German artists of his time: Albrecht Dürer. See how he assimilated the art of Venice into his style and exploited the possibilities of print.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021 (and 2 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
  10. Introduction to Japanese woodcut printmaking
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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. No prior experience necessary.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  11. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  12. Experimental etching
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the possibilities of experimental mark-making using etching techniques. Take a playful approach to printing your etching plate by layering colour and texture and discover the complex and beautiful images that can develop. For all levels.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
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  13. Mindfulness and creativity workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    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
  14. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  15. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00

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