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. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Drawing and mindfulness: one day workshop
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Each one-day workshop will take a mindfulness theme which we will explore through a range of guided drawing approaches to stimulate new directions and help you to integrate mindfulness into drawing. Suitable for beginners to mindfulness as well as those with some experience who wish to explore the two disciplines or integrate mindfulness into drawing. Some drawing experience is helpful.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. Looking at artists: focus on relief printmaking
    Course Date:  Mon 17 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this short course you will look at how and why artists make use of the technique of relief printmaking. The tutor will guide you through what woodcut, linocut and related relief printing techniques are, how they developed historically, looking at artists such as Durer, Hiroshige, Picasso and Bawden, and how they are still relevant for contemporary artists such as Anne Desmet and Bill Fick. There is no practical element to this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  4. London's smaller art collections
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this online art history course.

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Introduction to painting skin tones in 3 colours
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mixing skin tones can be an incredibly difficult challenge and for many it can present a range of technical issues and problem dolving. This short online course will introduce you to approaches in building and developing life like skins tones using a limited paint palette. Guided by live artist demonstrations, you will simplify the problem and so develop an easy and logical approach to painting skin tones.

    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 £60.00
  6. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  7. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  8. Creative photography: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.

    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 £55.00
  9. Art in Britain 1918-1945 - The Interwar years and WWII
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of British modern artists and their relationship to the art of continental Europe 1918–1950. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    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
  10. Screenprinting workshop: intermediate
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your screen-printing further in this weekly taught workshop where you will can improve on techniques, develop personal projects and professional practice too.for intermediate or those with experience of screenprinting.

    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 £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £286.00
  11. Friday lates: art, war and creativity
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 21 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Delve into the creative humanity of artists working during the Blitz; from Henry Moore and Lee Miller to the dozens of government-employed ‘war-artists’, we explore the insight of artistic expression in war.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  12. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Course Date:  Fri 14 May 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Experimental screenprinting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design ideas.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  15. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.

    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 £69.00 Concession £69.00

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