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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    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. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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
  3. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?



    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.



    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. A short introduction to drawn animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Due to its versatility, Drawn animation is one of the most exciting animated forms favoured by artists and animators alike. Whether your interest is in traditional or experimental animation, whether you’re confident with drawing or not, you will enjoy developing your skills on this practical user friendly 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
  6. Try it out: calligraphy weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Fancy having a go at this beautiful art form? This short weekend course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of lettering and calligraphy. Focussing on broad edged script, you will use different pens and nibs, and leave having completed your own sample.



    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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  7. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Start oil painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Experience the sensuous and vibrant medium of oil paint. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way for beginners to start oil painting.



    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
  9. Calligraphy: gothic script
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    This weekend course will introduce you to the basic calligraphy skills that will enable you to develop beautiful writing. You will be able to try out the historic Gothic script either as a beginner, or as an improver looking to increase your portfolio of writing styles. All tools and materials included.



    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
  10. A short introduction to DSLR filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot



    professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.



    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

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