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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence, lightness and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jan 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Mindfulness sketchbook walk
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Helen Burgess
    Join us for a sketchbook walk in Central London to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing we will be examining our experience and opening up to the magic and surprises that an evening in the city has to offer. It can be difficult to keep grounded and aware in urban environments but drawing offers a helpful way to direct our minds to the here and now, keeping a sense of purpose and deepening our attention.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how this can support new ways of seeing to stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Costume jewellery: 1800 to now
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Costume jewellery tends to be viewed as the poor cousin of fine jewellery but the reality is far from that. This is a one day course that looks at the history of costume jewellery from 1600 and how the advances in materials and technology made it so popular. Tutor: Judith Crowe.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Try it out: bookbinding
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100
  9. Looking at artists: drawing and markmaking
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    An opportunity to explore artists use of mark-making and drawing to convey ideas, structures and places. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, to create a unique collection of drawing references.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  10. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Explore portraiture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Looking at contemporary portraits for inspiration, you will use a variety of exciting approaches including painting, collage and exploring the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Come with an open mind to enjoy experimentation and a range of ideas in creating compelling images of the human head and form.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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