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. Colour theory for artists and designers
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  4. Make your own comic book
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Find out how to self-publish your work and be part of the vibrant underground comic movement.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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
  6. Artists eye: painting impressionism, surrealism, fauvism and pointillism
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Module three - Artist’s Eye: Painting Art movements. Post Impressionism, Surrealism, Fauvism, and Pointillism.







    Develop your painti ng skillswith reference to contemporary and historical artists in this four week course.







    We will make paintings inspired by artists who were key members of art movements, be guided by their choices of subject matter, and learn their methods of paint application, colour mixing and composition.







    Acrylic paint can be used for all projects. This short course can be taken alone or in conjunction with the other modules.



    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
  7. Abstract painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Last Few Places, 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
  9. Creative layouts and packaging design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gita Hahn
    Learn how to develop and create exciting illustrated packaging designs using adobe illustrator cc. Invaluable for your graphic design portfolio.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. 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
  11. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  12. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Introduction to papier mâché
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Whether working on a stage set, a window display, or just making gifts for friends and family, Paper Mache remains one of the most cost effective and durable modelling materials around. From Venetian masks to decorative Japanese bowls, this medium has stood the test of time. The hardened consistency of Paper Mache makes it an ideal base for a number of exciting finishes and patinas. Replicate the finish of wood, metal, stone and more, to create a lighter and more portable version of sculptures, picture frames and jewellery.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Get skills in: lithography printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    Learn how to produce work that mimicks a painterly style using lithography printmaking processes. Lithography printmaking work depends on the delicate balance between grease and water and can provide a broad range of outcomes. Learn how marks and brush strokes drawn and painted on the printing plate can be faithfully reproduced to create bold or subtle prints.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
  15. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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