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. Looking at photography: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Want to learn the secrets of composing beautiful photographs? Join this inspiring workshop to explore composition and colour controls, making the most of shapes, lines, colours, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls for professional-looking results.



    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
  2. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    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 drawing for jewellers
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Are you a jewellery maker who wants to become more confident in drawing? Join us on this two-session long evening class and learn how to sketch jewellery. Draw designs from different angles and add colour, shading and highlights. Learn to make a simple plan drawing (technical drawing), showing your design from the top, front and side view.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. Try it out: jewellery making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Collage: colour and shape
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    This short online contemporary collage course will explore the possibilities of working with collage and mixed media – from creating simple, striking forms through to more experimental pieces that combine materials and techniques. Discover how collage has inspired a number of artists and how you to make it work exciting and dynamic work for you and others.



    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 £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Watercolour: washes and brush techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online Watercolour course will introduce you to different approaches in working with watercolour, as you explore a variety of applications and techniques that are essential when working with and manipulating this medium. Discover the various marks that can be made with techniques in brush handling as well as a guide to washes building your first steps in producing beautiful watercolour work.



    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 £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  7. Collage: patterns and textures
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Cutting, pasting, layering, rubbing, ripping and more – experiment with this exciting online contemporary collage course, exploring various techniques to create a variety of figurative and abstract collage pieces from raw materials in your own home.



    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 £99.00 Concession £99.00
  8. Watercolour painting: artists and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online course will investigate different approaches to working with watercolour, exploring a variety of styles and techniques, informed by the work of particular artists, enabling you to develop a range of painting applications.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  9. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  10. Try it out: free editing software
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Professional editing for free?! DaVinci Resolve offers everything that Premiere, Avid or Final Cut do, and more, but - at no cost. Find out about this amazing package and learn to use it.



    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 £99.00 Concession £99.00
  11. Make a willow basket in two evenings
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    Make a small bread or fruit basket over two evening sessions. Suitable for beginners as an introduction to traditional willow basketry techniques, or for those with some experience wanting to refresh their skills.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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