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. Life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  2. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  3. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  4. Printed textiles: screen printing and surface effects
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Explore silkscreen printing on fabric using paper stencils and exposed screens. Develop tactile printed, coloured overlays through using opaque and transparent colour and surface finishes such as foiling, flocking and relief effects specially for textiles.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  5. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    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 ideas for textiles:interiors, fashion,stationery or text.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  6. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Harding
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  7. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Calligraphy for beginners and improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn and develop calligraphy skills on this beginners and improvers course. You will practice with a range of pens and papers, and create a finished example using a favourite quotation. Advice will be given on tools and materials. Suitable for left or right-handers.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  9. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  10. Contemporary quilts: circles and curves
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt from start to finish.You will use a range of construction and embellishment techniques.The emphasis for design is on Circles, Curves and Applique with cotton fabrics to create a personalised quilt.Suitable for beginners. This course is also suitable for supporting or extending other textile related courses, and would also have an application to students with an interest in interior furnishings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  11. Graphic design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Working through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles in graphic design, you will create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  12. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  13. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  14. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  15. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00

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