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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Some 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. 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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  2. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Jul 2022

    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.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  3. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  4. Graphic design portfolio preparation
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  5. Painting studio: three-day painting project
    Last Few Places
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and



    stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to



    personalise your work.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  7. Anatomical life drawing studio
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body, working with a life model to demonstrate the structures and the movements of muscles and bones. Anatomy is often key to understanding and depicting the body. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  8. Contemporary drawing studio
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  9. 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.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  10. Sculpture: inspired by Rodin
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    In City Lit’s sculpture studio try out selected techniques used by Rodin to create your own sculptures, inspired by the Rodin sculptures in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  11. Designing textiles using Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create patterns and designs for textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artist's or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  12. Contemporary drawing sketchbook
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English
    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.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  13. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design textile ideas for interiors, fashion, stationery or text.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  14. Textiles: waxed surfaces
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Investigate the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; create surface decoration using a range of resist techniques or alter the structure of a surface and experiment with translucency, structure and stitch.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Stop motion animation intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this intensive practical course. Explore a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. Invaluable for your show reel.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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