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 and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Clothes making III
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Practice working with silk or fine luxury fabrics & sew a summer dress or party wear from a pattern.



    Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  3. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  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
  4. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  5. Drawing 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  6. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  7. How to draw: a complete course for beginners
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  8. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Painting from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  10. Illustration projects 2
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Illustration can be understod as imagery in context often aligned with graphic design to impart information to an audience. This course, delivered in 3 project based courses, will primarily give you a deeper understanding of what illustration is, what it can be, and the context in which it exists.







    Throughout the course, you will explore a variety of image-making processes and through experimentation and play identify and develop your authentic voice, which can be utilised to respond to set assignments and ultimately commercial projects.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £365.00
  11. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Location on this date:  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
  13. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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
  14. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Knight
    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.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  15. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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