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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Botanical illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. On this short illustration course, you will work with a range of plant species images and live studies, working both in the studio and on location.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Contemporary sketchbook: mixed media, ideas and projects
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  4. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Hanson
    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching



    materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All



    abilities welcome.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  5. Experimental filmmaking: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    On this fast track practical experimental film making course you will be encouraged to push boundaries exploring experimental digital film making. Explore ideas, develop skills and create your own personal project using professional equipment and software. Invaluable for film makers and artists who wish to enhance their moving image practice.explore visual and conceptual ideas,.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Printmaking workshop: focus on colour
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £259.00
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  7. Developing photography skills
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Mar 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  9. Drawing 3: experimental approaches
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 May 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  10. Textiles sketchbook: collages
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore and develop the creative idea of a textiles collage sketchbook. Produce surfaces using drawing, mark making and mixed media. Collect visual research and develop ideas in a personal sketchbook.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  11. Basketry: cordage, simple looping and netting
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    In this basketry related course you will learn how to make cordage suitable for looping and netting in a wide range of materials.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  12. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  13. Textiles and surface pattern: understanding repeats
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Discover the basics skills of repeat patterns including straight repeats, drop repeats and complex repeats in this fun and hands on course. Build repeats using drawing and printing, then move onto creating hand printed textile samples. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  14. Relief printmaking for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn
    Learn how to create multicolour or monochrome relief prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing relief prints to take home.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  15. Artist's book club
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    On this intermediate course, you will explore the world of Artists’ books and develop your skills and creative ideas in creating books as art. If you are interested in working on tutor-supported, independent projects and you welcome the opportunity to share your work and your ideas with other makers, this course will support your progress and help you to develop your concepts through the structure of the book. Not suitable for beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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