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 printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.



    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 £97.00
  2. Gold tooling on paper
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to develop a language with gold tooling on paper using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold



    leaf. For all levels, from beginners to those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.



    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
  3. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  4. DSLR for video: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.



    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
  5. Handmade printmaking: printing without a press
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn some exciting low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily print at home without the use of specialist equipment.



    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 £97.00
  6. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  7. Introduction to screenprinting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.



    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 £97.00
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  8. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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.



    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 £199.00 Concession £100.00
  9. Sewn boards and drum leaf bindings for book arts
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    These book forms are great for making artists’ books and books with content, as they both open flat with little or no restriction at the spine fold. Come and make some models to experiment with, or bring some artwork with you and use this to produce two versatile and creative structures. Some experience of sewing multi-section books will be helpful.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  10. Documentary filmmaking: everything you need to know about B-roll
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    It’s B roll, the footage you cut away to from your interviews, that adds dimension to your story. Find out more about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Oil painting: focus on portraiture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to draw and paint portraits using traditional methods of observation, composition and mark making. Working from a variety of professional portrait models you will start with pencil and charcoal and progress on to oil painting.



    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
  12. Get skills in: photographic etching techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a short, skills based course, teaching you how to transfer your own designs and images to an etched metal plate in order to develop further and print in this 'hands on' workshop.



    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 £97.00
  13. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Get skills in: paint mixing for skin tones
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.



    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 £97.00
  15. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ‘low-tech’ nature of monoprinting makes it one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. Combined with collage, stencils and lasercut vignettes this will be an exciting and enjoyable course to develop and inform your current art practice or, as a starting point for complete 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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00

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