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.

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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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 or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  3. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and other fabrics. Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques, including how to put your own designs onto screens, correct inks and printing methods and how to clean and prepare screens.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  5. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an exciting range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  7. Watercolour painting: artists and techniques
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    This online course will investigate different approaches to working with watercolour, exploring a variety of styles and techniques, informed by the work of particular artists, enabling you to develop a range of painting applications.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  8. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  9. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  10. Flash photography with speedlight
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  11. Seasonal wreath making course
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Put a twist on the classic Christmas wreath. Spend a fun day creating your own unique seasonal wreath to hang on your door during the festive period. Experiment with your choice of waste, found and / or natural materials to transform them into a beautiful and striking decorative wreath.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  12. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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
  13. Photography colour management: 1 day masterclass
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    On this intense one day workshop in graphic arts and photography colour management, learn how to achieve consistent digital colour output for web and print.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £59.00
  14. Beauty photography: 1 day masterclass
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This is ideal as a first step into the specialism of beauty photography. This is a practical course. You will be working with the lighting and equipment that is associated with beauty photography. By the end of the one day course you will be well on the way to creating your first beauty image.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Explore editing: essential masking tips for better content
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    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 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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