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, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Mar 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. Explore life drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 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 session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.



    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
  3. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful, deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  4. Design thinking: creative problem solving
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    The term ‘design thinking’ describes an adaptive and reflective approach to problem-solving that is, in many ways, congruent with the kinds of processes that underpin creative practice generally, and is fundamental to the development of many of the systems on which the world’s current production, logistics, communications and supply depend. Although generally considered largely in relation to system design, information and interaction design, and product design, it is a way of thinking through and deconstructing creative and/or technical challenges that is equally valuable as a lens through which to examine creative processes and problems in any discipline. In this professional practice workshop, we examine the 5 classic stages of Design Thinking, and look at how we can use them to refine our thinking processes, apply our insight and focus our imagination, to solve both creative and practical problems.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: British Museum
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the British Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Digital fundamentals: media and protocols for creative practice
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Whether or not we use digital media in our creative work, we rely on digital tools and resources to disseminate, communicate and organise, both in our art or design practice and in our lives, generally. While most digital and social media tools now allow us to do most of what we need to without understanding how they work, it is sometimes still necessary, and important, to know how to work with the technology to ensure the right results, so that we can archive, present and collaborate effectively. This workshop provides a thorough grounding in digital media concepts and principles for visual artists, including: the fundamentals of how real world information is encoded in data and saved in file formats; how digital data is accessed, transferred, processed, archived, manipulated, both locally and via the cloud or sharing services; how and when to use different data formats and how these affect quality or accessibility; technical principles, and creative potential.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Photography and graphic arts colour management in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    On this intense one day workshop in graphic arts colour management, learn how to achieve consistent digital colours using icc profiles, viewing on a monitor, output to web and desktop printingusing bothAdobe Photoshop and X-Rite software.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  8. Creative approaches to visual research and problem solving
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Harding
    This one day course is an introduction to creative problem solving. You will be given an illustration brief and learn how to generate, research, select and develop your best idea and create a finished piece of artwork. This course is suitable for beginners and also those with more experience who wold like to develop their creative problem solving skills.



    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
  9. A short introduction to sketchbooks for jewellers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Are you a jewellery maker who can’t find the time to work on your designs? Join us on this one-day class and follow a step-by-step project brief to draw and develop a unique jewellery design or small collection.



    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
  10. 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
  11. Looking at artists: landscapes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.



    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
  12. The creative industries
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    Creativity is one of the areas in which the UK retains a leading position, globally, and much is made of the importance of the ‘creative economy’, and its value to the country. But what exactly are the co-called ‘creative industries’ we hear so much about? What is the value of ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ to the national and global economy, and does this extend beyond the overtly ‘creative’ pursuits of art, design and entertainment? How is so-called ‘creative thinking’ central to business, industries and services? In many countries around the world, the benefits of approaches to learning that are central pillars of ‘creative education’ are increasingly recognised in terms of their value in developing fully-rounded learners, and citizens. This workshop examines these questions, and considers the value of creative education in the context of a series of disciplines predicated on thinking related to solving problems, and its relevance for all aspects of contemporary life.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  13. 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
  14. Making a statement: how to write a strong application
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Stoddart
    Almost everything we apply for as artists or designers has to be supported by a statement. Once we have identified that an opportunity or a proposal is right for us, we have to present a compelling case, which convinces the reader that we are a potentially suitable candidate. This is a different approach to talking about our interests or motivations as artists. In this workshop, you will learn how to consider your statement within the wider context of the application. What are the needs of the organisation behind the opportunity? How does your statement match them? This workshop will help you to see your statement from another reader’s point of view, so that you can communicate your ideas and points to the person reading it. You will learn how to consider the structure of your statement and to target it to the specific requirements of the application, whether for a course, job, residency, funding or an exhibition.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers welcome.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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