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. Expressive colour drawing with mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 23 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Use mixed media and colour to enrich your understanding of drawing; engage with different drawing techniques and materials, collage, mono print, simple models of spaces and a short introduction to colour theory.



    All levels welcome.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  2. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  3. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Creative photography projects
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Armelle Skatulski
    Always playing around with creative photographic ideas? Fancy some expert guidance on developing your ideas into a proper project? Come and experiment with ideas and techniques, whether you're photographing people, landscape, still-life or other genres. Develop a project from start to finish, learning both the theory and practicalities of planning, editing, printing and presentation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  5. Introduction to design and model making
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    An introduction to three dimensional model making, from a variety of simple materials to support design development. This course has applications for all 3D disciplines: interior design, architecture, model making, product design, animation and photographic/art projects.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. Perspective drawing for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Explore the practical and creative use of perspective through a series of lively exercises. For beginners, this course will enable you to gain an understanding in the basic principles of creating a perspective drawing to both visualise objects and spaces.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  7. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  8. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    Revise and develop your processes, techniques and skills in After Effects to produce more professional animation projects. Learn to manage your workflow professionally and create engaging characters and objects moving and interacting in 2D and 3D environments.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  9. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  10. Adobe InDesign: stage 2
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Develop intermediate desktop publishing skills using InDesign. Construct and lay out a multi column, multi page document. Work with text to create, apply and import styles, set up and apply master pages and learn good working practices.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  11. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  12. Design your own garden in two weeks
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Transform your garden and explore design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. Discover how to improve your garden with professional, practical garden design solutions and tips to maximise the potential of your site.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  13. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basic processes and techniques for working in metal so that you can make simple items of jewellery. For beginners or students with some experience as a refresher.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  14. Writing and photography: text and image workshop
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Christina Dunhill, Shirley Read
    Whether you are a photographer or a writer this short course will give you ideas for combining words and images to discover new approaches and create new work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

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