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. Visual Arts Open Day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Raz Barfield, Dan Fardell, Jim Gladwin, Lauren Ilsley, Litza Jansz, Jayne Kay, Amanda Knight, Emilia Netto, Lucinda Oestreicher, John Page, Marcus Richards, Steven Scott, Dee Shulman, Ian Tucknott, Matthew Ward, Heidi Wigmore, Pam Williams
    Join us on the 21st of May 2022 for the annual City Lit Visual Arts open day. This year we are showcasing our long courses and the Centre for Advanced Practice. Throughout the day, at our HQ in Covent Garden, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the full range and variety of art and design subjects on offer.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. Try it out: garden design
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  3. Looking at artists: drawing and markmaking
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Steve Wright
    A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.



    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
  4. Repair your jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Got a favourite silver necklace that needs repairing, or a precious ring with loose stones? Why not learn to repair them yourself rather than handing them over to someone else? Pick up some of the skills needed for jewellery repair and maintenance on this popular course, mending damaged items and learning how to best clean and store jewellery to extend the life of your favourite pieces. Please note that this course does not cover re-stringing/beading as this course is aimed at repairing jewellery made of base and precious metals.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  5. Looking at artists: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.



    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

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