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. Drawing and mindfulness
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Jun 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  2. Mokulito: wood lithography techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    Mokulito printmaking, or wood lithography, uses plywood as a printing matrix to draw on with inks, sharpies and lithographic crayons and create images that will print as small editions.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  3. Learn digital video editing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Interested in editing your own videos? You may have heard of Premiere Pro or Final Cut. DaVinci Resolve is free and arguably better then both. Come and learn how to use it. Hollywood already does.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through the history of art and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  5. Life painting: a contemporary approach
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Screenprinting: developing techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00

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