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. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  2. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Etching: experimental techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the possibilities of experimental mark-making using etching techniques. Take a playful approach to printing your etching plate by layering colour and texture and discover the complex and beautiful images that can develop. For all levels.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experimental drawing exploration using paper collage. Develop creative ideas for textiles exploring texture, colour, proportion and composition through cutting, ripping, layering, intercutting and 2D construction.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    Develop your painting in greater depth on this new, advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
  7. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  8. Designing textiles using Photoshop stage II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This is a practical and fun course to extend your creative direction pushing your understanding of designing textiles and repeat pattern knowledge using Photoshop.



    You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway learning skills and techniques to help you to build a textile collection.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
  9. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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
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  10. Life drawing and painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  11. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a choice of limestone or wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.



    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 £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  12. Focus on: Michelangelo
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Artist, architect, and poet, the Florentine sculptor Michelangelo changed the face of Rome in the early 16th century becoming art’s first ‘superstar’. We look at his patrons, his sources and some of his major works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  13. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Artists sketchbook walk
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Develop your creative and critical engagement in the settings of London's cutting-edge independent galleries and artists' spaces. You will build a sketch book / journal recording your work, ideas and findings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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