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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Try it out: bookbinding
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  2. Try it out: conservation
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Discover some of the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic



    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required. A chance to discuss further



    study in bookbinding at City Lit.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  5. Storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers in 2 evenings
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Storyboards and animatics are crucial for planning, developing and communicating your film and animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to represent your project in still and moving image format showing different camera shots, framing, camera movement, action, timing and sound.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of great paintings and art works in Tate Modern.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Garden design: container gardening
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Planting in containers is a valuable addition to any outside space, no matter how large or small. Discover how to enhance your garden and experiment with design and planting for successful containers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  10. Make a laser cut ring in plastic
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Spend some time playing with Adobe Illustrator in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic steps to customise an existing template using the pen and image trace tool. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

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