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. Velazquez, painter to the King
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.

    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
  2. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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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  3. Movements in art: the Florentine Renaissance
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Florentine Renaissance produced some of the most magical and iconic paintings, sculptures, and architecture in the world. Discover why and how these were produced, and how to decode them.

    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. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.

    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 £63.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Focus on: Albrecht Dürer
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life, works, and legacy of one of the most innovative German artists of his time: Albrecht Dürer. See how he assimilated the art of Venice into his style and exploited the possibilities of print.

    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
  6. Movements in art: the Pre-Raphaelites
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Victorian England’s foremost avant-gardists, the Pre-Raphaelites. Discover their origins and literary inspirations, the models they loved and lost, and some of their most important 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
  7. Try it out: bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive book to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. Mindfulness and creativity workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Focus on: Michelangelo
    Weekend
    Course 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
  11. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Weekend
    Course 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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. Focus on: Holbein
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 21 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Augsburg and Basel to London Holbein’s prints, drawings and paintings unflinching realism influenced the artists of his generation and beyond. We look at his life, his varied career and legacy.

    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: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the life and work of Jackson Pollock – whose career Peggy Guggenheim would launch with an exhibition in 1943, and whom she would later consider her greatest discovery.

    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. Introduction to diamonds
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  15. Focus on: iconography
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 20 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ever wondered whether there’s a hidden meaning behind paintings? Discover why there are signs and symbols in paintings and how to find and interpret their meanings in medieval and Renaissance art.

    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
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