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. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  2. Textiles: monoprinting and hand stitch
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Experiment with a range of mono printing techniques; painted, wiped and drawn, onto fabric. You will use these techniques with appliqué, manipulation and hand stitch to layer and build exciting dimensional surfaces, exploring pattern and texture.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  3. 50 projects in graphic design: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    On this fast and varied fun practical course you will undertake 50 projects that all relate to the subject of raphic Design. The limited time aspect will enable you to respond spontaneously and creatively whilst exploring key aspects of Graphic Design. This is invaluable for rebooting your creative responses to briefs.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  4. Introduction to pewter casting
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Worley
    Discover the art of pewter casting using the ancient ‘lost wax method’ in this five-day course.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  5. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.



    The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  6. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Start filming and compositing with green screen
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Compositing, or seamlessly layering images where the subject is placed against any background, is a visual effect used in all film making. Learn effective green screen filming, how to composite images and how to improve the process and workflow on this practical course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  9. Adobe Premier Pro tips and tricks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    This course offers valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with Premiere Pro CC is essential.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  11. Children's book illustration for beginners: Intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Rolfe
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £225.00
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  13. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  14. Print, design and bind: a book in a week
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster, Penny Stanford
    Come and enjoy a week in the print and book studios and leave with an artist’s book. This course will encourage you to experiment with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures and help you to develop your initial ideas into a finished work. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  15. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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