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.

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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. Explore watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Suitable for absolute beginners.



    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
  3. Photography in a day: beauty photography
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This is ideal as a first step into the specialism of beauty photography. This is a practical course. You will be working with the lighting and equipment that is associated with beauty photography. By the end of the one day course you will be well on the way to creating your first beauty image.



    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
  4. 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
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  5. Explore drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    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
  6. Funding for artists and designers: how to make a strong application
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Stoddart
    Thinking about funding is more closely related to thinking about your practice than you might imagine. This workshop looks at how to get ready to apply for public funding so that when you come to writing, all the planning has been done and your idea has improved in the process! We will examine how funding will help you to develop your work, in the short, but also medium and long term, and how to find the sweet spot between what you want to do and what the funders are looking for. Public funding means that our work has to have a public benefit, so we need to show how it does this. The challenge of funding can make you reconsider your project in exciting ways. We will look at applying for Arts Council England project grants, partnerships and a quick look at local trusts and foundations. Finding a fit between your need and funding criteria is key; from there we will look at how to write an application to make a compelling argument.



    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. 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
  8. Try it out: laser cutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Learn basic steps to customise an existing template on Adobe Illustrator and create your own personalised design. You will then send your file to our laser cutter and leave with a finished design. A fun introduction for beginners.



    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
  9. The design brief
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    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
  10. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Does every creative act have meaning? Is there a statement – conscious or unconscious – inherent in everything we do as artists? Should we interpret or analyse what we see, what we do, what we’ve done? In this one-day workshop, we will examine a range of specific works, considering the question of whether and how meaning has been embedded (intentionally or otherwise) and can be identified and interpreted. This will, to some degree, touch on how individuals and societies make and ascribe meaning, perhaps as an attempt to process and come to terms with, for example, otherwise seemingly arbitrary events like a natural catastrophe or suffering. We will discuss and workshop these themes in the larger group, draw on examples presented, and the experiences of the members in the group. Other questions that may be considered include: discerning meaning as an attempt to find order in chaos, and whether or what we might lose by attempting to impose meaning, by attempting to explain within the confines of critical analysis, that which may, in fact, be critical to the character or intention of a work of art.



    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
  11. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 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
  12. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    An exciting, fast paced, one-day crash-course in screenprinting. Working with your choice of photographic image, in combination with layers of vibrant colours and learning the basics of screenprinting by making prints to take away with you.



    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. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    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
  14. 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
  15. 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

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