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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Start drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Dec 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  3. Try it out: jewellery making
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.



    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  4. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.



    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
  5. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Get skills in: experimental watercolour techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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
  7. Bookbinding: rare book design drop-back box
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Cut, construct and cover a standard Rare Book design drop-back box to protect and conserve books, archival material or precious objects and artefacts. Great for artwork presentation too!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.



    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
  9. Get skills in: oil painting processes and mediums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    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
  10. Create a short film in a weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced introduction to film 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Explore your creativity
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Illustration for advertising and editorial
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop a body of creative ideas and illustration work, exploring how illustration is used within advertising. Examine and create exciting eidtorial content, bringin image and text to life on a page. Work across analalogue and digital processes including scanning, digital image manipulation and printing.



    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
  13. Leather paring and knife sharpening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Paring and sharpening are skills essential for advanced bookbinding.



    Learn the first principles of these specialised skills in a simple to understand way that builds confidence.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Women in art 1800-1900
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    During the 19th century female painters and sculptors gained greater prominence, although a career in art was still challenging for women artists. In this course we examine their work and how such progress was achieved.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Collecting for the People: a history of contemporary art in British museums
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 22 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have you ever wondered how works of art and cultural objects have been collected for public museums and galleries in Britain? Who collected these objects? What functions have public collections played in society? Why ‘collect for the nation’?



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00

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