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. Garden design: year round colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patrick Featherstone
    Discover how to extend the season of interest in your garden, with successional planting. Learn about winter interest, planting schedules, colour schemes and general tips for selecting and grouping plants.



    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  2. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    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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  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    This course allows you time for sustained, practice based research in the print studio. You will be able to realise a personal project with guidance from the tutor. The course enables experimentation, research and the consolidation of technical skills. You can work using both relief and intaglio process in all their forms also silkscreen and extend these ‘off the wall’ if appropriate to your project.



    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  4. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a body of work in preparation for professional commissions.



    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
  5. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore the sequential and adaptive nature of sketchbook drawing as a site for generating personal material, inviting connections, and extracting patterns of meaning. Includes gallery research, set-project as stimulus, and practical exploration of contemporary drawing techniques.



    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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  6. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  7. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    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.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  9. Interior design on a Saturday
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alya Rizvi
    If you have creative flair and would like to learn the skills necessary to design the interior of your home or make a step towards a new career, then this is the course for you.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  10. Rhino intermediate
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Learn more advanced Rhino commands and how to apply these to create more complex 3D models with an emphasis on connections and interlocking parts. Send your file to be 3D printed and leave with a 3D print of your own design. All materials included.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  11. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.



    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 £146.00
  12. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amy Hughes
    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating - including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.



    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  13. Experimental ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Simpson
    A chance to use different clays with the addition of oxides, fluxing agents and natural combustible materials. Fuse found objects in the kiln, make biscuit slips and investigate the textural possibilities of glazes.



    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  14. Painting studio: three-day painting project
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucinda Oestreicher
    Explore a personal painting project over three full days in a well equipped studio, taking inspiration from contemporary artists with tutor advice and support.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Introduction to still-life in pastels
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to making a still-life in pastels. Learn how to mix pastels on paper, choose suitable materials and supports to allow you to create a finished pastel 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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