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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  4. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 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
  5. Printed textiles: screen printing and surface effects
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Explore silkscreen printing on fabric using paper stencils and exposed screens. Develop tactile printed, coloured overlays through using opaque and transparent colour and surface finishes such as foiling, flocking and relief effects specially for textiles.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  6. Photojournalism and documentary photography
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £268.00
  7. Painting 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  8. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings.Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles:interiors, fashion,stationery or text.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  9. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Harding
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  10. 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
  11. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  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
  12. Screenprinting projects
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Develop your screen-printing further in this weekly taught workshop where you will can improve on techniques, develop personal projects and professional practice too.for intermediate or those with experience of screenprinting.
    Full fee £459.00 Senior fee £367.00 Concession £280.00
  13. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  14. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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 £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
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