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. Life drawing: an extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    A comprehensive course to build skills, vision and flair in drawing the human form. Use traditional and experimental approaches and a range of media, including charcoal and pastel.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  2. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  3. Drawing 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  4. Intermediate handbuilding
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Josie Warshaw
    Explore your personal creative ideas in clay, increase your making and decorating skills. Use a range of hand building techniques to develop your practical skills and expand your knowledge of ceramic materials.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  5. How to draw: a complete course for beginners
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  6. Painting from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore a variety of artists’ approaches for painting flowers from observation. Discover the rich history of this genre while getting inspiration from contemporary artists who use flowers as their starting point in painting.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  7. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Gomes
    This advanced course is aimed at practicing contemporary artists working, or interested in working, within the Moving Image. Through research, experimentation and play, you will develop new moving image work in an exploratory and supported workshop environment.
    Full fee £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  9. Video editing personal project: improve your film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  10. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display: part 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Wendy Chandler
    Are you interested in prop making for film, TV, theatre, window display, photographic industries or live events? Get to grips with everything you might encounter as a prop maker, from creatively interpreting a client's brief, to working to a budget and meeting deadlines. Learn to problem solve and apply a range of techniques to bring a 3D design concept to fruition, getting a real insight into the prop making industry and its challenges. This is part 2 of 'Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display' so is ideal if you have done part 1 or have some experience in prop making techniques. .
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £335.00
  11. Drawing and painting dialogues
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Gain an understanding of the interdependent nature of drawing and painting to establish a creative process where the potential of each activity is maximised. Discover how the two activities can spark off each other to enhance your performance with both. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £307.00
  12. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. For beginners or those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  13. Watercolour painting studio: urban landscapes
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    You will be introduced to watercolour mixing and mark making in relation to painting the urban environment. There will be an introduction to watercolour artists who paint ‘en plein air’ and you will have the opportunity to build your confidence in outdoor painting in various interesting London locations. This course can be seen as a refresher or for students who have had a minimum amount of watercolour experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  14. Printed textiles: screen printing and surface effects
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Explore silkscreen printing on fabric using paper stencils and exposed screens. Develop tactile printed, coloured overlays through using opaque and transparent colour and surface finishes such as foiling, flocking and relief effects specially for textiles.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  15. Photojournalism and documentary photography
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £268.00

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