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. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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. Artists eye: still-life painting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of still lives inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in still life.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  3. Get skills in: botanical illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joanne Roberts
    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
  4. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour 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. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.



    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
  7. Pinhole photography workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.



    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: oil painting processes and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    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. Create a short film in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced introduction to film making.



    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. Explore your creativity
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    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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  11. Illustration for advertising and editorial
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    Develop a body of creative ideas and illustration work, exploring how illustration is used within advertising. Examine and create exciting editorial content, bringing image and text to life on a page. Work across analalogue and digital processes including scanning, digital image manipulation and printing.



    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
  12. Leather paring and knife sharpening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Paring and sharpening are skills essential for advanced bookbinding.



    Learn the first principles of these specialised skills in a simple to understand way that builds confidence.



    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
  13. Photography workshop: Large format cameras
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    This hands-on practical photography workshop will enable you to discover the beauty of testing, experimenting and shooting with large-format photography. This is a skilled art form with often spectacular results and offers great potential in how we capture and showcase photographic images. Explore large format camera techniques and equipment from focus control to film loading, with expert guidance, demonstrations, and practical exercises.



    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
  14. Artists eye: landscape painting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of landscapes inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in landscape.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  15. Personal printmaking projects: studio workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    These tutor led workshops are designed to offer a more flexible way to learn using the facilities of the print- 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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