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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. 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
  3. Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeing
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how they can support new ways of seeing and stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.



    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
  4. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to create decorative letterforms to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
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  5. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods, working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Flush setting for jewellery makers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    For intermediate jewellers. Learn how to set round faceted stones in sheet metal and rings using the traditional flush setting technique. You will practice in copper, before moving on to work in silver. There will also be a chance to make your own flush setting tool.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  12. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emiko Hashiguchi
    Study lettering and illumination with gold leaf. You will be given advice on tools and materials, and some basic



    materials are included. Left handers are welcome.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  13. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on creative layers
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This course is a chance to develop personal artwork, using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Experiment and embrace the possibilities within combined layers and surface textures. Processes covered include monotype, screen-printing and etching/intaglio. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00
  14. Large-scale sketchbook
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Create a sketchbook that explores ideas and an experimental use of a range of materials. Start with an offsite visit and develop the sketchbook using it as a visual journal of your thinking.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  15. Contemporary willow basketry
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deborah Hall
    Experiment with unconventional willow baskets and structures, within a traditional context.This course guides you through new textures and forms using a variety of techniques from Europe and beyond.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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