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. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  2. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  3. Documentary filmmaking: interview tips every filmmaker should know
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Good interviews provide the foundation to most successful documentaries. This class offers essential tips on how to approach your subject, how to shoot great interviews and secret tips to improve your chance of better coverage.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  4. Digital printmaking techniques: laser-cutting for print
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Clark Keatley
    Laser-cut is a way to engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks, which you will then take into printmaking. This course combines digital and traditional print processes to offer a new take on the art of woodcut.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  5. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  6. Design your own garden in two weeks
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Transform your garden and explore design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. Discover how to improve your garden with professional, practical garden design solutions and tips to maximise the potential of your site.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  7. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn the basic processes and techniques for working in metal so that you can make simple items of jewellery. For beginners or students with some experience as a refresher.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  8. Relief printmaking: large-scale techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Large scale printmaking enables expressive mark making. Use woodcut, linocut and collograph techniques to produce big, bold and multi-coloured, multi-layered prints for you to take home.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Calligraphy: Spencerian Scripts
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to use a pointed pen for writing in copperplate hand. Spencerian script developed from the English Cursive and stands out for its delicately shaded lowercase and prominent capitals. With very intense shadows, obtained with a pointed pen, it is famous for its fine lines, hand-made quality and romantic overtones. Suitable for both beginners and improvers, left and right handers.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  10. Jewellery: wax carving for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Learn how to apply your jewellery designs in wax using a range of wax carving tools and waxes. You will be introduced to the lost wax casting process and where to outsource this.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  11. Painting portraits: two session pose
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Develop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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