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. Drawing and mindfulness: spring retreat
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Drawing and mindfulness: spring retreat is a brand new 5 day online course, where you will explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Investigate how integrating mindfulness with drawing can lead to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your materials and subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. During the 5 day retreat you will aim to move away from everyday tensions and concerns and give yourself time to the act of drawing and other creative processes. You will build a sense of continuity, momentum and community led by professional artists and practioners within the art of mindfulness. Join us for a practical drawing course inspired by both observation and the imagination.

    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 £180.00
  2. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Painting workshop: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  5. Drawing and mindfulness: summer retreat
    Course Date: Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Drawing and mindfulness: summer retreat is a brand new 5 day online course, where you will explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Investigate how integrating mindfulness with drawing can lead to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your materials and subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. During the 5 day retreat you will aim to move away from everyday tensions and concerns and give yourself time to the act of drawing and other creative processes. You will build a sense of continuity, momentum and community led by professional artists and practioners within the art of mindfulness. Join us for a practical drawing course inspired by both observation and the imagination.

    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 £180.00
  6. Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch
    Course Date: Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Experiment with a range of mono printing techniques; painted, wiped and drawn, onto fabric. You will use these techniques with appliqué, manipulation and hand stitch to layer and build exciting dimensional surfaces, exploring pattern and texture.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
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  7. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms
    Course Date: Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create decorative letterforms to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.

    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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
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  8. Life figurative sculpture intensive
    Course Date: Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling techniques. Beginners are welcome on this intensive course.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £213.00
  9. Children's book illustration: Intensive
    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical four day course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.

    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  10. Calligraphy: copperplate and spencerian scripts
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand, which is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  11. Introduction to pewter casting
    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the art of pewter casting using the ancient ‘lost wax method’ in this five-day course.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
  12. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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 £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £165.00
  13. Beginners' bookbinding
    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this week-long introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched binding with a hard cover.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £145.00
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  14. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
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  15. Introduction to propmaking for film, TV, theatre and display: part 1
    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn a range of sculptural techniques that are used in the ever expanding film, TV and theatre prop making industry. Explore a range of sculpting and casting methods and fabricating techniques, and experiment with materials.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00

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