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. Moving from drawing into painting
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.

    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 £75.00
  2. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to metal jewellery making and introduce texture to your work? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students,come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you arre picking up the basics of cutting,forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like granulation, stone setting, etching, patination and oxidation.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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  3. Explore children's book illustration
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short practical course is an opportunity to try out illustration and find out which illustration courses would best suit your needs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Artist talk: Mario Lautier Vella - Looking both ways
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In this illustrated talk, Mario will talk about some of his work and the ideas and themes that shape his practice - from ideas around looking and being looked at, cinema to surveillance, public personas to private lives, dressing up to stripping down.To we are introducing a series of free talks lead by the tutors themselves where they discuss their unique art practice including what inspires and motivates them and how they make their work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Artist talk: Kathy Abbott - From hats to headcaps
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A chance discovery of the craft of bookbinding changed Kathy Abbott's career path. She will talk about her journey and the wide range of work she undertakes, encompassing Shakespeare's First Folio, Islamic manuscripts, and the inspiration she gets for her Fine Bindings from her love of the written word.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a range of exciting techniques in this practical workshop to create beautiful colour etchings. A valuable follow-on course for those with previous etching experience who wish to develop and enhance their etchings with colour.

    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 £75.00
  7. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Introduction to jewellery making
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basic processes and techniques for working in metal so that you can make simple items of jewellery. For beginners or students with some experience as a refresher.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  9. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn & cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on animating characters.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  10. Ways into abstract drawing
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.

    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  11. Sketchbook: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing 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 £75.00
  12. Beginners guide to cartooning
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enter the world of cartoons and bring your ideas to life working through a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist and tutor. You will learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and even create your own comic strip story. Suitable for beginners wishing to study cartooning and for those who have already made tentative steps toward becoming a comic strip artist.

    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 £75.00
  13. Drawing: focus on space and depth
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the potential of perspective, layering, light and shade to create space and depth in a drawing. By experimenting with different drawing mediums play with the picture plane in a drawing to achieve an illusion of depth. Using observational drawing make a still life come alive through the play of contrast and cast shadows.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of 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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £160.00
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  15. Illustrator for textile design II
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    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 colour, contrast and pattern. 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 £105.00

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