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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Explore your creativity
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  6. Preparing digital images for printmaking
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly becoming dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This online workshop in preparing digital images for printmaking will provide an introduction to specialise tools and techniques required using Adobe Photoshop in order to prepare your imagery for these printmaking processes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Discover how to capture the bright lights of London’s West End after dark. This two-week course will lead you through Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye and Waterloo Bridge and provide feedback on your images in the classroom.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Get skills in: botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Get skills in: ink and wash drawing techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experiment with the wonderfully fluid medium of ink and wash to really free up your 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. How to paint: working from life and imagination
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Start watercolour painting
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour. Tutor: Diane Martin.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  12. Calligraphy: flourished decorations
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to decorate your handwritten letterforms and take them to the next level. This course is for those looking to further study the art of flourished pointed pen lettering. You will learn a variety of entry and exit strokes, flourishes, stand-alone decorative elements, and the principals of correct shaping, sizing, and design. Some prior knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is required.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Start painting landscapes
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Watercolour is an ideal medium to capture the nuance of landscape through the effects of light, shade, space, distance and colour. This course will introduce the basic techniques required for this traditional genre.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  14. Laser etched stamps for block printing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to make your own seals and stamps for block printing on fabric or paper using laser cutting. Test and develop digital drawing skills to etch ideas onto wood and rubber, enabling an understanding of the potential in digital software. Suitable for users with some knowledge of print and willing to learn basic tools to work in adobe illustrator to make their own unique stamps.



    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  15. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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