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. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Mar 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. Preparing digital images for printmaking
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly linked to digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This online workshop in preparing digital images for printmaking will provide an introduction to specialise tools and techniques required using Adobe Photoshop in order to prepare your imagery for these printmaking processes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  3. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  4. Drawing for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Mar 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  5. Painting for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Mar 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  6. Fine art photography: digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  7. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Animation in After Effects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Animated GIFS are the most popular form on social media. On this fast paced practical course learn how to turn your images and illustrations into exciting animations in After Effects and give your posts the best chance of going viral.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Textiles: Japanese mending techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Hailey
    On this online course, You will be introduced to traditional Japanese stitch techniques, Sashiko and Boro to create samples that can be taken on to further projects. You do not need to have completed Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course but you will need to bring in your own fabric samples. Shibori fabric samples are ideal if you have completed a course.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00

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