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. Focus on: art and medicine
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From the Classical World to the Contemporary, what might the sick body in art tell us about cultural beliefs and what it means to be human?

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  2. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  3. Drawing for sculpture and ceramics
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn a variety of specialised drawing techniques to develop your ideas for three dimensional artwork in Sculpture and Ceramics. Study the drawing of sculptors and discover their processes of creative development. In the drawing studio explore the relationship between the 2D and 3D space using drawing to convey form: volume and space.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 May 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  5. Experimental screenprinting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
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  6. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  7. Life drawing and painting: all levels
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  8. Focus on: modern design
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study the dominant design aesthetic of the twentieth century, considering its development, successes and failures. Movements will include Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus and Purism. Design practices will include graphics, furniture and architecture.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. Japenese woodcut printmaking
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over three full days. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  10. Saturday shorts: editing for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  11. Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore colour, structure, and layering to produce exciting sculptural forms. By combining and extending techniques such as origami and concertina folding, cutting, piercing and slotting, you will create your own unique books.

    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 £65.00
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  12. Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore the surface qualities of drawing and mark-making with the layered possibilities of mixed-media and hand stitch. You'll have the chance to generate visual research and ideas towards a personal project.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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  13. Garden design for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting opportunities and challenges involved in designing an urban garden. Develop your creative skills and learn to maximise the potential of even the smallest spaces through practical workshops, using planting and design techniques.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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 £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £170.00
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  14. Drawing and mindfulness
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 27 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. This course offers a great foundation in how these two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from observation and the imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Start life drawing
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 8 Aug 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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