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 watercolour and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  2. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  3. A short introduction to free editing software
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    You don’t have to spend money to get editing. This is a short introduction to video editing using DaVinci Resolve, a free but highly professional editing package comparable to Final Cut X, Avid and Premiere Pro.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  4. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  5. Interior design on a Saturday
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alya Rizvi
    If you have creative flair and would like to learn the skills necessary to design the interior of your home or make a step towards a new career, then this is the course for you.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  6. Experimental filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  7. Garden design: year round colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patrick Featherstone
    Discover how to extend the season of interest in your garden, with successional planting. Learn about winter interest, planting schedules, colour schemes and general tips for selecting and grouping plants.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  8. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  10. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. A short introduction to drawn animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Try it out: calligraphy weekend
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  13. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  14. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. A short introduction to laser cutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    Explore digital manufacturing using laser cutting techniques producing surface decoration for accessory and fashion garments. Test and sample using fashion templates before cutting onto fabrics developing for a collection. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting.



    Some experience on Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator is required.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

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