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. 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
  2. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut printmaking techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  3. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  4. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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
  5. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 6 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
  6. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones, Andrea Voisey
    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 £237.00
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  7. Oil painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious and sensitive medium, which can be used to create expressive and complex images. This course is for oil painters with some experience who want to develop their own individual painting projects, with expert tutor guidance.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  8. Filmmaking: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn all the stages of film making from initial pre- production planning through to post production editing. Whatever genre interests you, this course will give you the essential skills to realise your own movie.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  9. 3D animation with Blender
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you are new to 3D animation, you’ve had a go at teaching yourself but are not making progress, or perhaps you are transferring to Blender from a different 3D program, this course is for you.



    It will take you through a professional approach to creating characters and environments in 3D from scratch, as well as introducing workflows and techniques to help produce polished 3D animations of your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  10. Drawing and mindfulness
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  11. Drawing 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Apr 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:
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  12. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  13. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    A weekly, concentrated life-drawing session for learners studying on any of City Lit's advanced visual arts courses.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
  14. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 3 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:
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  15. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on creative layers
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This course is a chance to develop personal artwork, using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Experiment and embrace the possibilities within combined layers and surface textures. Processes covered include monotype, screen-printing and etching/intaglio. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00

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