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: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  2. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  3. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  4. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on developing techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy, lithography and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can extend their knowledge of processes, while developing personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee £519.00 Senior fee £415.00 Concession £317.00
  5. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Gomes
    This advanced course is aimed at practicing contemporary artists working, or interested in working, within the Moving Image. Through research, experimentation and play, you will develop new moving image work in an exploratory and supported workshop environment.
    Full fee £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  6. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  7. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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
  9. Children's book illustration for beginners: Intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Dee Shulman
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical 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.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  10. Introduction to propmaking for film, TV, theatre and display: part 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    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.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  11. City Lit contemporary collage projects 1
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 1 initiates a yearlong set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
  12. City Lit contemporary collage projects 2
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 2 continues with a set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
  13. City Lit contemporary collage projects 3
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    City Lit contemporary collage projects 3 concludes with a final set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. You will work with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media. Note* the course is designed in a way to enable students to either complete all three courses over the year or, come in at any stage in no particular order.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £480.00
  14. Contemporary collage projects 3
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    The final course in a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.



    Please note: The projects are designed so that students can complete all 3 courses over the year in no particular order.
    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  15. Art and design portfolio projects
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Develop and realise your creative language in art and design through the development of a personal project. Through workshops and small projects you will be able to build a portfolio of work in 2D and 3D related to your own personal theme or interest.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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