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.

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  1. Mosaics introductory
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  2. Ceramics on Sunday
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £365.00
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  3. Oil painting projects 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of delicate transparency and rich impasto effects. It holds many challenges for the beginner, but this course will offer a clear, structured way into the essentials and beauty of oil painting. The course is for beginners and/or painters who want to learn to use the medium with confidence from scratch. Students will develop a feel for paint handling which will build skills and feed progress in oil painting.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  4. Introduction to sculpture
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  5. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 10 Feb 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  6. Islamic art in the medieval world
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  7. Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn basic throwing skills to enable you to make a variety of forms including bowls, vases and lidded forms. Gain a basic understanding of surface decoration using glazes, underglazes, oxides and slips.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  8. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink with a professional calligraphy artist. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers, and both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  9. City Lit textiles: mixed media
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  10. Introduction to painting still-life
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the essentials of Still-life painting from paint handling and colour theory to composition.

    Dedicate some time to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition around a still-life and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application. For absolute beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  12. Sculpture workshop I
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Starting out in sculpture? Join us and get to grips with the techniques of carving, casting and construction. Find out more about the history of sculpture and take inspiration from other artists. Learn to develop your ideas from design to reality, and try your hand at several small-scale projects to practise your new-found skills.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  13. Women in modern and contemporary art
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
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  14. Exploring watercolour and mixed media
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  15. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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