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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Art in Britain 1950-2000 - 'This is Tomorrow' (Part 1)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the work of selected British artists whose innovative practice shaped the development of modern art in Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s. Explore how and why the ideas and themes behind their work continue to be relevant to today’s audiences.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Try it out: bezel stone setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basics of jewellery making by making a silver ring or pendant with a bezel set semi-precious stone. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some previous experience.



    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 £88.00
  4. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. A short introduction to Rhino
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is designed to introduce Rhino software as a tool for designing for 3D Printing, taking you through the basic commands, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate 3D prints.



    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Garden design: year round colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover how to extend the season of interest in your garden, with successional planting. Learn about winter interest, planting schedules, colour schemes and general tips for selecting and grouping plants.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Art and identity: from the High Renaissance to the Reformation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the legendary art and artists of the High Renaissance in Italy and the Netherlands from c. 1490-1540. Consider the role that ‘self-fashioning’ plays in their fame and notoriety through close reading engagement of a combination of images and texts.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Photographing with natural light
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to read, control and modify natural light in photography. Experiment with available light in portraiture, landscape and product photography. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Create a short film on your smartphone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The film making potential of smart phones and tablets have developed greatly over the last few years. Enjoy learning techniques for using them effectively to create short professional looking films for publishing online or for film festival submissions.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to sue a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  11. Develop your illustration style
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your illustration style on this short course for intermediate illustrators. Through short exercises you will explore drawing in different styles, seeking inspiration from a raft of illustrators, and finish with a sketchbook of new illustrative styles to take on to future projects.



    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Creative photography
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. A short introduction to stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this introductory practical course. Enjoy exploring a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. An invaluable introduction for anyone interested in developing their animation practice.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  15. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All abilities welcome.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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