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: experimental approaches to the figure
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Brian Sayers
    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
  2. Experimental filmmaking
    Last Few Places, 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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  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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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  9. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022 (and 6 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 will 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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  11. Jewellery production: carving, casting and finishing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Carve, model and experiment with jewellers wax; learn about the lost wax casting process, outsourcing, and how components and multiples are made, relevant to jewellery making and production. There will also be an introduction to low-fi casting methods: Delft-Clay (sand casting) and cuttlefish bone.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
  12. Experimental ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A chance to use different clays with the addition of oxides, fluxing agents and natural combustible materials. Fuse found objects in the kiln, make biscuit slips and investigate the textural possibilities of glazes.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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