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. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Holah
    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.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  2. Painting studio: three-day painting project
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucinda Oestreicher
    Explore a personal painting project over three full days in a well equipped studio, taking inspiration from contemporary artists with tutor advice and support.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  3. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and



    stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to



    personalise your work.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  4. Introduction to still-life in pastels
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to making a still-life in pastels. Learn how to mix pastels on paper, choose suitable materials and supports to allow you to create a finished pastel drawing.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  5. Anatomical life drawing studio
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body, working with a life model to demonstrate the structures and the movements of muscles and bones. Anatomy is often key to understanding and depicting the body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  6. Designing textiles using Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create patterns and designs for textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artist's or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  7. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  8. Contemporary drawing studio
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  9. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design textile ideas for interiors, fashion, stationery or text.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  10. Textiles: waxed surfaces
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  11. Stop motion animation in a week
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this intensive practical course. Explore a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. Invaluable for your show reel.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  12. Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign experience.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  13. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  14. Drawing into painting
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  15. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00

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