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. Culture, narrative and creative markmaking
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yasmin Hales
    In this session, Yasmin Hales will introduce you to the dynamic world of Warli tribal art paintings and engage you in a collection of markmaking and drawing exercises that will explore the relationship between art, nature and wellbeing. Through artistic exercises and mark making you will explore the relationship of art, nature and wellbeing to create your own storytelling, either individually or as a collective visual narrative.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  3. Looking at artists: the artists palette
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will focus on the Artist's palette in reference to the slow drying nature of oil paint that allows for strategic arrangement, harmonious mixtures and a unity of colour on the canvas. We will look at examples of artists who make successful use of such strategies in their paintings such as Whistler, William Nicholson and the Canadian Group of Seven.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  4. Try it out: garden design
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: Tate Britain
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic artworks at Tate Britain.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  6. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and other fabrics. Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques, including how to put your own designs onto screens, correct inks and printing methods and how to clean and prepare screens.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  7. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  8. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  9. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an exciting range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  10. Sketching at the museum: Wellcome Collection
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts at The Wellcome Collection.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  11. Looking at artists: landscapes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  12. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  13. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  14. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    Ideal for beginners, you will learn how to use a sewing machine, its different components, how to troubleshoot and look after your machine. You will also learn different basic sewing techniques to start your journey into the world of sewing.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Try it out: jewellery making
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to



    basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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