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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. The gold kingdoms of medieval Africa
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Women in art 1400-1800
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  5. To fear God: images of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory in the Middle Ages
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Heaven and Hell, as dwelling places for the dead were common images in Christian medieval art. Purgatory was a possible destination for the soul before reaching either Hell or Heaven. Why were images to do with the afterlife so prevalent at this time? Come, face your eternal destinies and look at images such as the Last Judgement, skeletons, filthy flesh, worms, ghosts and Hell mouths.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  6. London's smaller art collections
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  7. Feminism in modern and contemporary art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover important modern and contemporary artists whose work can be broadly linked to the feminist project. We will discuss the political and social contexts in which the artworks were created.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Art and science
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Leonardo to Sigmund Freud we will uncover creative and aesthetic similarities in the disciplines of Art and Science, and see how their collaborations show us the links between innovation and imagination.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. The Renaissance at home - decorative art in the Italian Renaissance interior
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Step into the fashionable Italian Renaissance home to explore how houses were lived in and furnished and to learn about the many decorated objects made for domestic use during the Renaissance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Get skills in: botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  11. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. Manuscripts and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the techniques and styles used in producing manuscripts, from their earliest appearance to the 16th century. We'll consider the ways in which manuscripts were used and ask why such lavish attention was paid to them.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Art in Britain 1950-2000 – 'This is Tomorrow' (Part 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the work of selected British artists whose innovative practice shaped the development of modern art in Britain from the 1950s to 2000. Explore how and why the ideas and themes behind their work continue to be relevant to today’s audiences.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Women in art 1800-1900
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    During the 19th century female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Costume and fashion in art
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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