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. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  2. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  3. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  4. Digital printmaking techniques: laser-cutting for print
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Clark Keatley
    Laser-cut is a way to engrave intricate hand drawn designs, photographic imagery or text into plywood blocks, which you will then take into printmaking. This course combines digital and traditional print processes to offer a new take on the art of woodcut.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
  5. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  6. Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  7. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    Always wanted to experiment with watercolour painting? Now's your chance to learn how to make more imaginative use of washes and mark-making; enjoy the colour and fluidity of this beautiful medium and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of moulding and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully-equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds, and how to cast these in plaster of Paris and cement.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  13. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  14. Pottery: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brigit Connolly
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We'll also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  15. Carving in wood
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will learn how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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