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. 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
  2. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Introduction to drawing cartoons
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Enter the world of cartoons and bring your ideas to life working through a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist and tutor. You will learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and even create your own comic strip story. Suitable for beginners wishing to study cartooning and for those who have already made tentative steps toward becoming a comic strip artist.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. On this short illustration course, you will work with a range of plant species images and live studies, working both in the studio and on location.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Drawing: a contemporary approach
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  7. 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
  8. Creative packaging design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gita Hahn
    Learn about how to develop and create exciting illustrated packaging designs using adobe illustrator cc. Support your graphic design portfolio with skills in creative layouts and 3-dimensional packaging design.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00

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