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. Explore life drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  2. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  3. Get skills in: ink and wash techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Mar 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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.



    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
  4. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence, lightness 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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  5. Beginners photography
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography and some essential beginners techniques in this new online course that is guranteed to help you improve your photographs skills and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition and light that will take your photographs to a new level. Find out key information about taking pictures in different environments and what is really takes to become a photographer. This course is perfect for complete beginners looking to learn new skills.



    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
  6. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.



    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 £140.00
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  7. Adobe Photoshop for photography
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    This practical studio course will introduce you to Adobe Photoshop's workspace, gaining essential skills and knoweldge in colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Set up and find your way around Photoshop's workspace to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  8. Photography, space and architecture
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 11 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Get skills in: paint mixing for skin tones
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    This course will teach you the skills you need to paint naturalistic skin tones when working from life which will make your figure and portrait paintings more convincing.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £100.00
  12. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    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
  13. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.



    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). 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 £549.00 Senior fee £549.00 Concession £275.00
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  14. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Make a creative handmade sketchbook
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Joanne Roberts
    This online workshop focuses on creating a Handmade Sketchbook and will take your ideas and personal stories as a starting point. Explore different visual directions, through drawing, painting, collage and mono-printing techniques. You will experiment with different papers and surfaces, through layering, folding, tearing, soaking, weaving, sewing etc. bringing your ideas and work togther in a series of rich and varied pages, you will then develop this using simple techniques to make a very personal and expressive handmade sketchbook.



    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

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