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. Focus on: the art of Siena
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The golden panels of the Sienese masters are immediately identifiable but why was their work so different? Today we explore the art of Siena, its world, its symbolism and how it was made.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  2. Collage for textile design
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Translate visual inspiration and develop innovative ideas for textile design using paper collage techniques. Explore abstract and representational design, pattern, scale, texture and colour with a myriad of layered, cut, folded, and manipulated papers.



    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
  3. Sketching at the museum: British Museum
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Work from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the British Museum while developing your drawing skills. Explore the challenges and pleasures of sketchbook drawing methods using a variety of drawing materials under expert guidance from the tutor.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. A short introduction to sketchbooks for jewellers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you a jewellery maker who can’t find the time to work on your designs? Join us on this one-day class and follow a step-by-step project brief to draw and develop a unique jewellery design or small collection.



    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
  5. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Focus on: Indian court fashion from the 16th to 18th century
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress.



    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  7. Essential masking tips for better content
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Masking is a essential skill for all editors. But masking isn’t just about hiding an unwanted object in the image. More often, it is used to creatively draw the viewer’s attention to a particular area. An invaluable skill for any film maker.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  8. Focus on: the body in 20th century art
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the representation of body and body-related practices by prominent modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to the present in this weekend art history course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  9. Mindfulness and creativity workshop
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.



    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. Costume jewellery: 1800 to now
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Costume jewellery tends to be viewed as the poor cousin of fine jewellery but the reality is far from that. This is a one day course that looks at the history of costume jewellery from 1600 and how the advances in materials and technology made it so popular. Tutor: Judith Crowe.



    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
  11. Create a short film in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced practical introduction to film making.



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

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  13. Try it out: conservation
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  14. Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  15. Compression techniques for filmmaking
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever struggle to send your videos out to family and friends? This quick one-day course introduces the basics of video compression: using the software effectively and judging appropriate formats to use. An essential course to make sharing your films as painless as possible.



    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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