Art & design

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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. Drawing 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Painting 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Introduction to pattern cutting II
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Learn introductory skills and techniques of pattern cutting to understand how to draft your garment from a design. Expand your knowledge as you learn how drape, adapt blocks, manipulate patterns and understanding garment fitting and shape.



    This course is suitable for learners with a little pattern cutting knowledge or you have experience of sewing clothing.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
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  4. Beginners' bookbinding: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Explore the exciting world of craft bookbinding in this comprehensive introduction to the letterpress book. Learn about the tools and techniques required to bind a book with unique hand decorated papers.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  5. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in different metals: cutting, bending, welding and joining. Materials and expert guidance are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own project ideas and metal items. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  7. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers, and both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  8. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi
    Learn how to write beautifully with a dip pen and design and produce a piece of work with illuminated letters using colour and gold leaf. All levels.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you an



    animator who wants to make props for your animation film, or are you interested in a career in window display? You will explore techniques used by the professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of



    sculpting, fabricating, casting, mould making and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from a



    specialist tutor, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D. This course can be a stand alone introduction to the techniques of prop making or you can progress onto part 2 in the summer term. https://www.citylit.ac.uk/blog/introduction-career-prop-making.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  10. Art and design portfolio projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative work.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Documentary filmmaking: focus on essential techniques for high impact short filmmaking
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Documentary-style films are the most popular genre on Social Media, on TV, and in Film festivals. Come and learn the essential techniques that make a gripping documentary.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  12. Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media, ideas and projects
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Contemporary mixed media sketchbook explores the possibilities of working with personal themes and stories that are part of your life and examines how you could develop them in greater depth, through expressive visual techniques.







    Inspired by personal passions, family history, as well as ongoing ideas, you will work with different materials and techniques that will enable you to explore these ideas further, in many directions, whilst bringing a diversity and richness to your sketchbooks.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  14. Printmaking workshop: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  15. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00

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