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. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    This course aims to introduce you to this fascinating genre in both drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00
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  2. Drawing 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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
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  3. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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. Designing textiles using Photoshop III: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    This short intermediate course will improve your Adobe Photoshop pattern tiling skills while learning new basic vector drawing skills in Adobe illustrator. We will improve on creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need your own access the Adobe Creative Suite on your Mac or PC before class.



    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 £129.00
  6. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  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 £129.00
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  7. Drawing and painting portraits: contemporary approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Explore dynamic and some more experimental approaches to drawing and painting portraits. This course will offer opportunities to try out a range of techniques to develop portraits working from the live model.



    Suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  8. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. 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
  9. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  10. Drawing into painting
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing and painting and learn skills to gain confidence and understanding. Investigate key drawing concepts such as line, tone, form, mark making, composition and how to organise a palette, mix colours and use a range of painting techniques. A practical course for beginners.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  11. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 4 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 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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  12. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  13. Introduction to sculpting with wax
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material, by melting, joining, cutting, filing, manipulating and moulding it, to create a small wax relief sculpture. This course is perfect for both beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. You will be guided through the sculptural techniques by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.







    Your finished green wax relief sculpture can be kept, or you can join one of our mould making and casting courses to transform your sculpture into another material, for example bronze, pewter or Jesmonite. Please see the course outline below for more details.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  14. Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Be part of the vibrant underground comic movement and learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Develop ideas and work that could kick start your own graphic novel project.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  15. Painting 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    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

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