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. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Colour theory for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  4. Digital printmaking techniques: laser-cutting for print
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Clark Keatley
    Laser-cut is a way to engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks, which you will then take into printmaking. This course combines digital and traditional print processes to offer a new take on the art of woodcut.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  5. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  6. Creative layouts and packaging design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gita Hahn
    Learn how to develop and create exciting illustrated packaging designs using adobe illustrator cc. Invaluable for your graphic design portfolio.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  8. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  10. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Contemporary collage and mixed media: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    A short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Fine art photography digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  14. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.



    The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Start filming and compositing with green screen
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Compositing, or seamlessly layering images where the subject is placed against any background, is a visual effect used in all film making. Learn effective green screen filming, how to composite images and how to improve the process and workflow on this practical course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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