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. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  2. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 4 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'll 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  3. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 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 printmaking techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  4. Watercolour painting: mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  6. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  7. Screenprinting for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen-printing process, aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of silk screen prints using a variety of techniques.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Carving in wood
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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 be taught 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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  10. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Get inspired by trying carving techniques in stone or wood and create your own small carving in wood and stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  11. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  12. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Art and design portfolio projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Marcus Richards
    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative work.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  14. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    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
  15. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00

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