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. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 7 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
  2. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    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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  3. Life drawing for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, line, tone and volume of the human form which can then be developed into painting from the life model. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Andrew Revell, Ro Sylvester, Shelley Wilson
    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  5. Introduction to oil painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of delicate transparency and rich impasto effects. It holds many challenges for the beginner, but this course will offer a clear, structured way into the essentials and beauty of oil painting. The course is for beginners and/or painters who want to learn to use the medium with confidence from scratch. Students will develop a feel for paint handling which will build skills and feed progress in oil painting.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  6. Life painting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    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
  7. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Oct 2022 (and 4 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
  8. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Mar 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  9. Ceramics on Sunday
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Josie Warshaw
    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
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  10. Introduction to bezel setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Learn the basics of jewellery making by making a silver ring or pendant with a bezel set semi-precious stone. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some previous experience.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  12. Laser cut stencils for screenprinting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This 3-week course introduces you to the use of stencils in screen printing, with a particular focus on laser cutting. You will be working with your choice of imagery, in combination with layers of vibrant colours and learning how to use both analogue and digital methods to produce stencil based silk screen prints to take away with you. For all levels.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  13. Developing photography skills
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  14. Sewing on Sundays I
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Start making clothes with a pair of elasticated trousers in a fabric of your choice. Learn how to choose the right pattern size, lay out pattern pieces, cut out and sew seams, waist facings and hems.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
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  15. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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