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.

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  1. Try it out conservation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic

    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further

    study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the magic of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  3. Make a Kimono
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 28 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this upper intermediate sewing class and learn how to cut and make a unisex fashion version of this classic Japanese garment. You will carry out basic pattern amendments and leave with a completed kimono jacket- different length options available.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Compression techniques for filmmaking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Understanding compression is crucial for all film makers, whether you’re posting work online, sending films to festivals or preparing clips for editing. All video uses compression, starting with the camera and ending when sent out into the world. This course gives you an essential understanding of how to compress your material, and find the best solution for your needs.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Bead weaving for fashion and textiles
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basics of off-loom bead weaving from the comfort of your home and open up to a milliard of possibilities. These techniques can be applied to jewellery and accessory design as well as object embellishment for fashion and textiles.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  6. Exhibiting creativity: alternatives to the white cube
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Who decides which artists get to present their work to the public, in what spaces, and according to what criteria? What role does the curator play in the decision-making process and how much influence do they exert over artists and institutions, in making these decisions? How do artists whose work is not ‘current’ (or which perhaps deals with unorthodox or potentially difficult topics) get to show their work? This professional practice workshop is a provocative enquiry and discussion of the role of the gallery in enabling creative expression, and the influence that decisions have on representation, or the imposition of an orthodoxy. How are artists responding to the limitations and impositions of the traditional gallery space–and the authority of the curator or agent–and finding opportunities in public or private spaces, and through technology? How are traditional galleries responding? We examine the ways artists and designers are making their own opportunities, and taking back control, finding innovative and creative ways to put their work before the public on their own terms.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Illustrator for textile design II
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Expand your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, creating intricate and decorative elements for textile design. Use a range of drawing and brush tools refining your skills, developing motifs, pattern and colour. Ideal for textile designers or artists interested in vector based repeat patterns.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

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