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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  2. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create multicolour or monochrome relief prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing relief prints to take home.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  4. Painting: colour mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent working.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  6. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  7. Textiles: indigo shibori dyeing
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Produce your own indigo hand dyed fabrics using pleating, stitch and wrapping methods. Explore the magical combination of indigo dye and shibori resist techniques.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  8. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  9. Screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  10. Sculpture workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge
    Realise your personal project in 3D. Come with an idea and you will be supported through your making to a final piece. Learn how to structure your idea from inspiration to reality. Ideal for students with previous experience or students who may need extra workshop time and guidance to complete a project.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Experimental filmmaking: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    This online course is designed for those who have some previous experience in film in a fine art context or for those who have attended an experimental filmmaking course before.



    During the course, you will push the boundaries of mainstream cinema and experiment with various techniques to express your artistic vision.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  12. Portrait painting: two session pose
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Develop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  13. Start planting design for your garden
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Explore the principles of planting design using form, line and texture to create dynamic planting schemes. In weekly workshops, improve the breadth of your plant knowledge whilst developing the skills and techniques of garden designers.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  14. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and digital print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Explore drawing and printing in the studio, before digitising and manipulating your designs using Photoshop. Suitable for students with a creative background. Photoshop experience would be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  15. Coloured resin jewellery: a masterclass with Kathie Murphy
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathie Murphy
    Want to introduce more colour and light into your jewellery? Discover the simple but effective tricks of working in coloured resin. Whether you are an accomplished jeweller or a complete beginner, join an expert to learn how to make resin moulds and get to grips with a range of creative techniques in this beautiful medium.



    Please note: you will be required to bring along some materials, listed below in section 6.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00

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