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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent working.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  2. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Fine art photography: digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  5. Textiles and surface pattern: understanding repeats
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    Discover the basics skills of repeat patterns including straight repeats, drop repeats and complex repeats in this fun and hands on course. Build repeats using drawing and printing, then move onto creating hand printed textile samples. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Painting: colour and composition
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    This short online module in painting will introduce fundamental elements starting with how set to set-up, observational techniques and measuring techniques using your eyes. You will also work on colour mixing, tone, line and composition that will all play a key role in helping you to discover ways to find inspiration in painting.



    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 £129.00 Concession £129.00
  7. Artists eye: landscape painting
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of landscapes inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in landscape.



    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 £129.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Bookbinding: leather paring and knife sharpening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Paring and sharpening are skills essential for advanced bookbinding.



    Learn the first principles of these specialised skills in a simple to understand way that builds confidence.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Make a creative handmade sketchbook
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    This Handmade Sketchbook Course will take your ideas and personal stories as a starting point and explore them in 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. This series of rich and varied pages will be brought together 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  10. Looking at photography: critical and analytic theories
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Armelle Skatulski
    An introduction to some of the main ways of thinking about photography, based on cultural theory, politics, philosophy and semiotics.



    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 £129.00 Concession £129.00

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