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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  2. Anatomical portrait drawing
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Enhance your portraits by uncovering what lies beneath the surface. Through demonstration and direct observation of the model you will examine proportion, rotation and the key anatomical structures of the head and neck that denote likeness.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Hand knitting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    This intensive course will inspire a passion for hand knitting, colour and texture.The perfect way to get started.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  4. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  5. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Nov 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £449.00
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  7. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  8. Experimental filmmaking: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  9. Sculpture: inspired by Charles McGee
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Get inspired by the energetic and dynamic work of Detroit artist Charles McGee. Use his paintings, assembledges and sculptures as a starting point to create your own unique relief or sculpture work.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  10. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. Whether you work in print or digital media, in our introductory Adobe InDesign course you’ll learn to use the industry-leading page design and layout app that lets you create, pre-flight, and publish beautiful documents.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  11. Life drawing into life painting
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  12. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn how to visualise your 2D and 3D design ideas using the professional application Vectorworks. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modelling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  13. Large-scale mixed media projects
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    An exciting short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images on a large scale. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  14. Mokulito: wood lithography techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Mokulito printmaking, or wood lithography, uses plywood as a printing matrix to draw on with inks, sharpies and lithographic crayons and create images that will print as small editions.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  15. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00

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